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Farewell Blues

A quiet month so far...

Bebop Spoken There

Joe Daley: "We [Daley & Sam Rivers] did an entire tour, and nothing was discussed other than what time was dinner" - (JazzTimes Sept. 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, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


14644 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 922 of them this year alone and, so far, 21 this month (Oct.6).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 07: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 07: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective + Knats @ Dance City, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £15.00. (£12.50. student).
Fri 07: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. 'Celebrating Oscar'.
Fri 07: Mick Cantwell Quartet @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 07: Anth Purdy @ Waterford Arms, Seaton Sluice. 8:00pm.
Fri 07: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 8:30pm.

Sat 8 Oct, Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass, Ripon HG4 4AH. 12.20pm. NOTE SATURDAY GIG AS OPPOSED TO REGULAR SUNDAY GIG. COACH FROM WHITLEY BAY NOW SOLD OUT!
Sat 08: Paul Skerritt w Danny Miller Big Band @ Westovian Theatre, South Shields. 7:30pm.
Sat 08: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Maureen Hall's monthly residency one week later than usual.

Sun 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 09: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 09: Chip Wickham @ The Cluny, Newcastle.
Sun 09: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 10: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 10: Central Bar Quintet plays Blue Train @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 11: Dean Stockdale Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Wed 12: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 12: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 12: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 12: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 13: Hypothetical: Works Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 13: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. The Mark Toomey Quartet with Mark Toomey (alto sax) Jeremy McMurray (piano) Peter Ayton (bass) Paul Smith (drums).

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Jason Isaacs Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie - Dec. 12

Well you didn't have to go to Luton for a good night out, you didn't even have to go to Leicester - particularly not to Leicester! You're best bet tonight was Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle or, maybe I was at the Sands, on The Strip in Vegas? When Jason Isaacs hit the deck with The Lady is a Tramp, if you'd closed your eyes, you'd have been standing at the bar drinking Jack Daniels and wondering if you could recoup your losses at the tables.

No gambling at Hoochie, it's all fun and excitement and vocals that lay waste to most of today's crooners.

The band, like most bands, had been off the road for a couple of years and even with a few deps it didn't show.

The arrangements were delivered as powerful as ever - how a band this size can recreate the originals by Riddle, Quincy etc. is just incredible.

Frank, Dean, Sammy, Elvis and the usual suspects were all well-represented and, let's face it, nobody does it better.

Everybody danced - it was that kind of night - Jason blew more tenor than usual. A blast on Tequila hit a groove that went down well, he gets an earthy sound.

The inevitable Elvis Trilogy got the audience going and even though Jason said that Lance, in his review, will call it sh--e he got it wrong - delete the last letter! However, I have to agree with Jason that the power of the ensemble in the finale made up for it.

There were, I think, 26 songs over the two sets. I'm not going to list them you can probably do it for me but one that stood out for me was The Way You Look Tonight. That line, Keep that breathless charm, is the most beautifully descriptive line in any song even though when Fred Astaire sang it to Ginger who was in the next room he was unaware that her face was covered in cream - magic!

A great night - it was worth digging out my suit even though, for some inexplicable reason, it seems to have shrunk but, tonight was a night for the suit, me and most of the crowd agreed - jeans just wouldn't have cut it ... Lance

Jason Isaacs (vocals/tenor sax); Darren Irwin, Dave Hignett (trumpets); Keiran Parnaby (trombone); Niall Armstrong (alto sax/clarinet/flute); Alan Marshall (tenor sax/clarinet/flute); Stu Collingwood (piano); Neil Harland (bass); Simon Ferry (drums).


Sylvia said...

I was there
And I can swear
I saw Lance

Keith Chatton said...

Fantastic night, couldn't fault it... Epic

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