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Emma Rawicz: "I'm at a place where I'm really happy, but why stop there? Okay isn't really good enough." - (Jazzwise November 2021)

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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Nearly Dan @ Sage Gateshead - Sept. 18

After a delay because of the Pandemic (I think I paid for my ticket in pounds, shillings and pence) the excellent Nearly Dan finally took to the stage in Sage Two to the delight of an expectant and fervent crowd robbed of live music for so long. The spirit and sound of Steely Dan, always on the jazz side of modern music, is alive and well, even though Donald Fagen remains the only touring member of the original band after the sad loss of Walter Becker - has it really been 5 years? frightening - in the capable hands of Nearly Dan.

Whilst I went with the thought that I would have to make allowances for perhaps a rusty performance nothing could be further from the truth even though singer and guitarist Steve Hayes has spent his enforced timeout from music and touring working on a building site and as he was all too keen to point out that was not the most astute idea even though he, like so many musicians, had little choice if they were to survive. 

Every facet of the band exudes accomplished musicianship both guitarists replicated the complex chords and riffs created by Becker/Baxter/Carlton and others with ease, Steve Hayes vocals are a perfect compliment to the band ably assisted by the other members particularly Kate Robertson and Sarah Miller on backing vocals who gel and harmonise perfectly with Steve. I have to give a shout out for the brass section of Tim France and Phil Nicholas the first bars they played brought the Steely Dan “sound to life” and their solos were so accomplished.

I won’t bother you with a set list but needless to say all the classic tracks were there Reelin in the Years, Do it again,  Doctor Wu, Black Cow, Peg plus Donald Fagen’s New Frontier all perfectly purveyed but perhaps Kid Charlemagne was the best of a great bunch . Steve Hayes said the first time he heard The Royal Scam he was absolutely blown away with that track and couldn’t get over the complexity of the arrangement, thankfully he and the band, especially Tim France with a brilliant sax solo, breezed through it. The crowd were ecstatic,  driven by the music, but mostly by being afforded a return to their collective passion of seeing live music in the flesh. Neil C

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