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Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 2021)

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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

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Hand to Mouth @ The Lit & Phil - September 9

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Bradley Johnston (guitar)

Following some fifteen months enforced inactivity, Newcastle's Lit & Phil lunchtime jazz concert series resumed in July. Understandably, the venue's management imposed severe restrictions on audience numbers resulting in the first two events of the year in July and August making a loss.  What to do? How to save the series? Ask two of the region's best if they'd perform at a fundraising concert, that's what! 

Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston are Hand to Mouth, and, without hesitation, they readily agreed to help out Jazz at the Lit & Phil (JATLP). A large attendance - including two or three new faces - helped matters no end. Lindsay and Bradley continue to explore the wonderful collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass. The legendary duo recorded four studio albums for Pablo Records plus a couple of live albums and it is these recordings which form the basis of Hand to Mouth's set. 

Lindsay, battling a heavy cold (our vocalist reassuring her audience it wasn't the virus, she'd taken a test!) and Bradley, now B. Johnston MMus (to add to his BMus), played a one hour set to a 'pin-drop' attentive audience. How she does it we'll never know, but Lindsay didn't require a lyric sheet, a quite remarkable recall of a lyric! Bradley? Joe Pass lives! 

Take Love EasyDindi, 'Tis Autumn, our duo conjuring wonderful interpretations of timeless material, the audience loving every minute of it. I Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues sang Lindsay, blowing away JATLP's blues. Ray Noble's The Very Thought of YouNature Boy (a new one in the set), Ellington's (In My) Solitude, it had be a magical hour. 

JATLP owes a debt of gratitude to Lindsay and Bradley, and indeed the audience, for so generously supporting today's fundraising concert. Thanks to all concerned the series will be able continue, and hopefully thrive, long into the future. Next week's concert (Friday 16), features the brilliant Leeds based guitarist Nic Svarc with his A-list trio. One o'clock start. Russell      

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