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Bebop Spoken There

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)..

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!"


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 ...


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.

Sat 30: John Pope Quintet + Late Girl + Shapeshifters @ Bobik's, Jesmond, Newcastle.
Sat 30: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

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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