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Bebop Spoken There

Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Sunday Night @ The Globe: The Alice Grace Quartet - Sept. 19

Alice Grace (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Abbie Finn (drums)

There comes a time in everyone's life when they have to eat their words and this reviewer is no exception. For example, on Thursday, after Nicola Farnon's gig at J's & B's, I wrote: "One thing is for sure, if I ever hear a better live version of Blame it on my Youth then I will truly know that I am in heaven".

St. Peter, open up those pearly gates because, after tonight's rendition by Alice, this is IT!

However, in fairness to Nicola, Alice didn't have to contend with the echo chamber that doubles as a church so, maybe it was a score draw. 

Still tonight was Alice's night. Despite traffic conditions that meant she only had time to change her shoes she hit the deck running with Like Someone in Love.

That was just the start. Chick Corea's WindowsLush Life with the lushest ever first chorus by Alice and Mark. Nature Boy - stupid lyric but Alice, as Nat Cole did,  made a purse out of a sow's ear.

Kenny Wheeler's Everybody's Song But my Own led to a zinger of a swinger - Bye Bye Blackbird. Strange that, thanks to Al Jolson, I considered BBB the corniest of songs but then Miles recorded it and the rest is history - I blame it on my youth. 

Leon Russell's A Song For You saw the first set out.

Beers and chats then, before you knew it, we were off again.

The Sky is There was a new one to me so I'm not sure if I've got the correct title. Blame it on my Youth I've already mentioned - absolutely sublime. Another big favourite - Social Call - and yet another - I Remember You. I remember the latter song being played by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in a movie from the 1940s - The Fleets In.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now was the showstopper in an evening of showstoppers. Recorded by Sarah Vaughan on an album entitled Swingin' Easy, Alice paid tribute by vocalising Sassy's scat chorus as well as adding some of her own inflections then trading fours with Mark Williams who was himself on a roll this evening.

A stomping Sister Sadie led to a hotly demanded encore - On the Street Where You Live. 

I made my way to the number 27 bus stop which drops me off not far from the street where I live but that wasn't the song I was singing. You've guessed it - Blame it on my Youth.*

It would ill become not to mention how well the ubiquitous Abbie fitted in with the band her four bar exchanges with Alice on BBB were spot on. As for Mr Bassman - Paul was as dependable as ever.

Great gig!
Lance

Blame it on my Youth was composed by Hollywood actor and pianist Oscar Levant who acted in a lot of musicals including one of Gene Kelly's big ones - An American in Paris. Just thought I'd say ....

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