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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)

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:"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.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Sunday Night @ The Globe: The Blue Jazz Quartet & Miriam McCormick - Nov. 14

Karen Rann (sop sax); Mark Squires (piano); Dave Parker (bass); Michael Howard (drums) + Miriam McCormick (vocals).

The Blue Jazz Quartet don't go for the soft option - their set included pieces by Coltrane, Mingus, Jarrett, Shorter and Ellington as well as a few more familiar numbers that the casual listener could latch on to.

As fate decreed, the last three bands at the Jazz Co-op's Sunday night sessions all had soprano saxophonists in the line up and, by coincidence (and I'm not being intentionally sexist), all were women. More importantly, all had their uniquely individual sound and approach. Not least Karen Rann who, like vocalist Debra Milne and Dave Parker, when not performing, doubles on bar duties. That's what cooperatives are all about.

On piano, Mark Squires - a new name to me - played some choice chords whilst Parker and Howard provided sound backing. Parker's extended bass intro to Goodbye Pork Pie Hat was quite memorable whilst Howard's hand-drumming on the rarely performed rhumba La Rosita was very effective.

It had been a long time since I'd heard Miriam McCormick and she sounded good although I thought I detected a suggestion of nerves on the opening Easy to Love. However, her confidence grew with No Moon at All and by God Bless the Child she was firing on all cylinders. The intonation was good  and the interpretation imaginative.

Miriam returned in the second set for There Will Never be Another You and a great Billie Holiday number - Baby I Don't Cry Over You. Welcome back on the scene Miriam.

Given that this was a last minute replacement gig it drew a decent crowd with all tables occupied - Lance

This I Dig of You; La Rosita; Someday My Prince Will Come; Memories of Tomorrow; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Easy to Love; No Moon at All; God Bless the Child; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; Blue Train; Wave; In a Sentimental Mood; Footprints; There Will Never be Another You; Baby I Don't Cry Over You; Smile; Bernie's Tune + vocal encore I missed.

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