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Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019)..

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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, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Live from Emmet's Place (Vol. 80) - Dec. 27

Emmet Cohen (piano); Russell Hall (double bass); Kyle Poole (drums) w. Brianna Thomas (vocals)

Throughout lockdown Emmet Cohen has presented a series of world class concerts from Emmet's Place, that's pianist Cohen's NYC apartment. More or less every Monday evening Cohen's trio (invariably Russell Hall and Kyle Poole) working with one or two special guests confounds expectations. How can these guys be so darn good?!!!

A stupendous Christmas medley warmed up the trio, then Cohen introduced his guest saying: We have one of the great vocalists of our time in the house. Enter Brianna Thomas. Cohen and Thomas first worked together some ten years ago. Thanks to the pandemic, this evening's meeting was their first in a while. A daringly slow tempo take on All of Me set the standard. What a singer! Ms Thomas is the complete package: a great range, elements of Betty Carter, Ella (scatting), Sarah, a hint of Cécile McLorin Salvant and no small measure of Brianna Thomas.

As Thomas introduced her song Lovin' Attitude, drummer Kyle Poole took the mic to declare Thomas' hand-written charts were the best he'd ever seen. Ms Thomas revealed that at music school students were graded on the presentation of their charts. Now there's discipline for you! The Emmet's Place trio and Thomas went out on C.C. Rider. You tell 'em girl!  

GASbook numbers, a low down dirty blues, trio and vocalist swinging like nobody's business, if Cohen and co were ever to turn up in concert in BSH's heartland (Tyneside and the wider region) the audience wouldn't let them go without at least three encores, maybe more! Russell

Brianna Thomas' set list: All of Me; In a Mellow ToneSo in LoveMy Stove's in Good ConditionI've Got a Crush on YouBye, Bye Blackbird; FeverThe Christmas SongMistyYou Leave Me BreathlessLovin' AttitudeC.C. Rider.  

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