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Bebop Spoken There

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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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets:
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

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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