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Tineke Postma: “ I had a huge crush on him [Sting] when I was a teenager ". Jazzwise, June 2024.

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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.

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

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

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...

May

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 1:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

June

Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

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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