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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 2022)

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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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Georgia Cécile @ Ronnie Scott's - Nov. 9

Georgia Cécile (vocals); Ryan Quigley (trumpet); Euan Stevenson (piano); Andrew Robb (double bass); Max Popp (drums)

A Ronnie Scott's debut for Georgia Cécile attracted a full house. A 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards winner (Best Vocalist), our Edinburgh based Glaswegian could scarcely contain her excitement at being on hallowed ground, no. 47 Frith Street, Soho. Where many legendary names once stood, Georgia Cécile's time had come.

Accompanying our debutant, three of Scotland's finest and an adopted Scot: Ms Cecile's long time songwriting partner, pianist Euan Stevenson, bassist Andrew Robb (no stranger to Ronnie Scott's), first call trumpeter Ryan Quigley, and Chicagoan Max Popp, drums. 

Taking centre stage to a rapturous reception, a smiling, perhaps a tad nervous, Georgia was about to sing her heart out. Songs from her recently released album Only the Lover Sings formed the basis of her set alongside two or three GASbook gems. From Come Summertime to the Ellington-inspired Harpoon, Georgia knocked 'em for six, and this was only the beginning. In My Solitude featured Ryan Quigley's lyrical side, Month of May gets better with each hearing (was there a My Favorite Things quote in there?), Bitter Sweet, the Gershwins' I Was Doing Alright featuring Quigley, Stevenson and a round of fours with Max Popp, one sensed things were going well.  

Georgia confided she'd never sung Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep in public...until this evening. Georgia and Euan, as a duo, performed the Irving Berlin number as if it had been in the pad for years. Marvellous, simply marvellous. Max Popp's brushes enveloped Goodbye Love with Andrew Robb momentarily in the spotlight. The Man I Love featured the boys in the band (Ryan Quigley killing!), Georgia smiling, we were nearing the end of a memorable evening. To deafening applause - some were on their feet - Georgia simply had to oblige with an encore and she did, going out with He Knew How to Love. This evening, Ronnie Scott's belonged to Georgia Cécile.
Russell 
     

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