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The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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Postage

13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Earl Okin @ Ronnie Scott's - Sept. 26

Earl Okin (guitar, piano, vocals); Paul Morgan (double bass); Michèle Drees (drums, guitar, vocals)

Earl Okin is a singular talent. Musician, raconteur, wit, Okin performs on the international concert stage and comedy club circuit. This lunchtime engagement at Ronnie Scott's found him working with bassist Paul Morgan and drummer Michèle Drees. 

A near capacity audience - jazz fans, jazz fans with a sense of humour, luncheon types, others with nothing better to do - listened, laughed, laughed and listened to a master performer at work. James P Johnson's If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) opened the show. Self-deprecation is a big part of Okin's stage persona: a would be, if not unlikely Casanova, a story teller. Peer behind the the facade and you'll discover a musician of not inconsiderable talent.  

This being Ronnie's, with Morgan and Drees on board, it had to be 'jazz', and it was, although the humour was never more than a semi-quaver from Okin's crafted vocal delivery and between-tunes patter. Okin quipped the only was he could get into a trio like this was to lead it! Corcovado then When I Fall in Love met with the approval of an attentive full house. Bossa nova is a big part of Okin's set, he likes the form and with Drees on the gig treated the material with due reverence. Drummer Michèle Drees, herself a bossa specialist, sang in Portuguese during a spotlight guitar-vocal feature. Paul Morgan's feature spot heard the bassist play a solo version of In a Sentimental Mood. Bass players throughout the land would love to possess such technique. Quite wonderful!

Okin played some ragtime and some stride, playing Black Beauty by, our man said: My hero (Duke Ellington). Reminiscing in Tempo by way of Mel Tormé, a fun, alternate take on One for My Baby sung, believe it or not, at precisely a quarter to three! Okin held the audience in the palm of his hand. To close a marvellous afternoon here at Ronnie Scott's, Earl Okin won huge applause singing a song (to the tune My Way) about the many duff pianos musicians encounter on their travels...I Want a Steinway! - Russell     

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