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Bebop Spoken There

Roseanna Vitro: "Have you ever tried singing a bridge to a Charlie Parker song? It just looks like the craziest thing in the world to me.'" - (DownBeat, January 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.
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13848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 67 of them this year alone and, so far, 67 this month (Jan. 20).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.
Sat 22: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Hamsteels Community Centre, Esh Winning. 8:00pm. £10.00.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public) .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm .
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 27: Tobias Sarra & John Garner @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm .
Thu 27: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 27: Knats’ Night: Knats + Swannek @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at:

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Emmet Cohen Trio with Sheila Jordan - Jan. 3

Emmet Cohen (piano); Russell Hall (double bass); Kyle Poole (drums) & Sheila Jordan (vocals)

Sheila Jordan is ninety three years young. On Monday evening Ms Jordan thought nothing of walking up five flights of stairs to Emmet Cohen's NYC apartment to play a starring role in volume 81 of the pianist's ongoing series of live stream concerts. As usual, Cohen was joined by bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole. Following a sparkling take on Tin Tin Deo, the main man, seated at his Steinway piano, introduced bebop's illustrious torch bearer, Sheila Jordan. 

A smiling Ms Jordan was in her element. Tootie Heath had introduced Cohen to Ms Jordan and here they were, sometime later, revelling in one another's company. Billy Preston's Song of Joy opened Jordan's set, a set which would be peppered with anecdotes and reminiscences from the revered singer's long life. If the online audience didn't already know, Jordan was about to tell it how it was back then, working and hanging out with Bird, Kenny Dorham, Duke Jordan (of course), Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Lennie Tristano, Barry Harris and countless others.

Ms Jordan didn't require a lyric sheet, just a chair to occasionally take the weight off her feet. The stories flowed, as did the compliments (the Cohen trio touring with Jordan could yet happen - Ronnie's? Sage Gateshead?!!!). Kenny Dorham's Fair Weather (Jordan said Dorham was a great singer!), Jordan's The Bird (Charlie Parker her hero), the trio conjuring a terrific take on Round Midnight and more. 

The entire online performance proved to be one long highlight. However, to focus on two blues (The Workshop Blues and Sheila's Blues), these moments summed up the brilliance of Cohen's ace trio and the indefatigable, swinging, scatting bebop wonder that is Sheila Jordan. Russell

Set list: Tin Tin Deo; Song of JoyHumdrum BluesHow Deep is the Ocean?I Concentrate on YouFair WeatherThe BirdConfirmationLolita; Bird AloneShe Was YoungDat Dere; 'Round MidnightThe Touch of Your LipsThe Moon is a Harsh MistressThe Workshop BluesSheila's Blues.          


Lance said...

A Steinway 5 flights up!

Patti said...

Parker was a good friend to Sheila. He called her 'the gal with the million dollar ears' - and apparently wrote 'Chasing the Bird' for Sheila and Barry Harris. Sheila and Barry were friends as teenagers, and used to hang around in all the Detroit jazz clubs, always looking for where Parker might be playing.

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