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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Vacuuming the Vinyl: Sarah Vaughan & her Trio - Swingin' Easy

Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Jimmy Jones/John Malachi (piano); Joe Benjamin/Richard Davis (bass); Roy Haynes (drums).

Listening to Alice Grace singing If I Knew Then (What I Know Now) at the Globe last Sunday prompted me to seek out the Sarah Vaughan album, Swingin' Easy, from which Alice drew her inspiration.

Sassy's album had been gathering dust (hence the heading) on the shelf for decades - for which I hang my head in shame - I should have been playing it non-stop forever (exaggeration!) it has surely got to be a contender in anyone's list of all-time great jazz vocal albums. It's up there with the Ella's, the Billie's and the Dinah Washington's.

The opening Shulie A Bop was maybe the first scat vocal that knocked me out. Great as Ella's were, listening retrospectively, they now come across as contrived unlike Sarah whose vocal improvisations still sound as fresh as tomorrow.

A choice selection of tunes and, like Sinatra - perhaps even more so - she can rephrase, move the emphasis or the timing of a lyric making it near impossible to sing a long to and, if you want to do that you're in the wrong ball park - maybe you should linga-longa somewhere else...

The backing trio are jazz royalty themselves. Jimmy Jones, one of the greatest accompanists ever, feeds Sass with the most beautiful chords ever heard back then in 1954 as does Malachi in 1957 who slots in some juicy solos. Joe Benjamin, top bassman (1954), Richard Davis (1957) maybe even more so and Roy Haynes - The Greatest!

A beautiful album. My piece of vinyl is on Emarcy EJL 1273 but no doubt it's available on CD as well as on YouTube, Spotify and various other bootleggers.

Anyone care to write about their favourite album? Lance

Shulie A  Bop; Lover Man; I Cried For you; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; All of Me; Words Can't Describe; Prelude to a Kiss; You Hit the Spot; Pennies From Heaven; If I Knew then; Body and Soul; They Can't Take that Away From me.

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