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Bebop Spoken There

Roseanna Vitro: "Have you ever tried singing a bridge to a Charlie Parker song? It just looks like the craziest thing in the world to me.'" - (DownBeat, January 2022)

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

13848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 67 of them this year alone and, so far, 67 this month (Jan. 20).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.
Sat 22: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Hamsteels Community Centre, Esh Winning. 8:00pm. £10.00.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm. .
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Wed 26: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm. .
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. .
Thu 27: Tobias Sarra & John Garner @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. .
Thu 27: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm. .
Thu 27: Knats’ Night @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Knats + guests. .
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Sunday, October 03, 2021

David Gray & Mark Williams @ Prohibition Bar - Oct. 2

David Gray (trombone); Mark Williams (guitar)

The name is Gray, David Gray...the name is Williams, Mark Williams. In the wake of the latest 007 box office blockbuster, David Gray and Mark Williams cashed in with a couple of Bond, James Bond numbers. On a rainy evening on Pink Lane, Prohibition Bar was doing steady business. A trombone-guitar duo isn't the obvious combination for a Saturday night out, but when the calibre of musician on stage is dynamic trombonist David Gray and guitar maestro Mark Williams, you're onto a winner.

Prohibition Bar's stage isn't of Pinewood Studios dimensions, it's more like two telephone boxes side by side. Gray standing, Williams seated, our duo dialled up the first number, Sonny Rollins' Doxy. William's Finally owed something to P Metheny, William's Arabic intro to Jobim's Wave momentarily wrong footed the audience and We Have All the Time in the World came as a welcome surprise. If only Gray, David Gray had chosen to sing, perhaps next time. 

An interval chat with our two Bonds: in a matter of hours Gray, David Gray, would be making his way to Ayr on an assignment with SouLutions, Williams, Mark Williams, was planning to spy upon, sorry, check out the NFOJIM jam session - rendezvous fifteen hundred hours Sunday, Black Swan.

Second set, Gray declared the opener was ambitious for a 'bone-guitar combo - Chick Corea's 500 Miles High. What do you know? Mission accomplished! Gray's Silver Orcas tipped the hat at Silver, Horace Silver. Diamonds Are Forever as a duo instrumental (Ms Bassey wasn't available) followed by another ambitious chart - Anthropology. Happy to report our Bonds survived intact! To conclude a fun evening, Gray, David Gray upped the ante, suggesting the set closer was 'super ambitious'. Chick Corea's Spain the challenge, Gray and Williams soared five hundred miles high, safely returning to HQ to receive plaudits from Her Maj and punters alike.   006
        
Set list: Doxy; All the Things You AreBeatriceFinally (comp. M Williams); WaveWe Have All the Time in the World (from On Her Majesty's Secret Service); 500 Miles HighSilver Orcas (comp. D Gray); Diamonds Are Forever (from Diamonds Are Forever); AnthropologyUntitled (comp. M Williams); Spain.    

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