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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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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!"

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.

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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Album review: Catherine Russell - Send For Me

When your daddy is the legendary bandleader Luis Russell (1902-1963) you have a whole lot to prove and Catherine hasn't besmirched the family name. Luis Russell led one of the greatest of the early big bands during the 1920s and 1930s, providing the backdrop for Satchmo's pre-war big band recordings and he would surely have been beaming with pride hearing his daughter's blues-drenched voice laying waste to most of the younger contenders.

Imagine a mix of Bessie and Dinah W with a touch of, but not too much, sophistication and you have a voice for all seasons. 

All the tracks are peppered with solos as hot as hot can be - Kellso and Allred in particular sizzle although no one falls short.

Favourite track? Tough call but Blue and Sentimental really nails it. Russell manages to merge the feeling of Herschel Evans' tenor and Lester's clarinet on the old Basie recording into her vocal. When the roll is called up yonder she'll be there, alongside Bessie, Billie, Ella and Sarah but, hopefully, not for a long long time. Simply wonderful - Lance

Available on Dot Time Records- CD/Digi - Bandcamp.

Catherine Russell (vocals); Matt Munisteri (MD, guitar, banjo) + (collectively): Tal Ronen (bass); Mark McLean (drums); Mark Shane or Sean Mason (piano); Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet); John Allred (trombone); Evan Arntzen (reeds); Paul Nedzela (bari sax); Mark Loperman or Aaron Heick (tenor sax); Philip Norris (tuba).

Did I Remember?; Send For me; At the Swing Cats Ball; Make it Last; Going Back to New Orleans; If I Could be with You; You Can Fly High; East of the Sun; In the Night; You Stepped Out of a Dream; Blue and Sentimental; Sticks and Stones; Million Dollar Smile.

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