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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
R I P Oliver Soden - ? - November 6, 2022
R I P Top Cat Daphne - ? - November 24, 2022.
R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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!"


14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...



Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 12: Central Bar Quintet plays Kind of Blue @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Album Review: Dan Olivo – Day By Day

Dan Olivo (vocals); Ian Robbins (guitar, arr.); Lyman Medeiros (bass/ukulele/vocal);  Joe Bagg (piano/B3); Kevin Winard (drums/perc); Kyle O'Donnell (tenor sax/flute); Jamelle Adisa (trumpet); Garrett Smith (trombone); Renee Myara Cibelli (vocal)

Something a bit different to review from the field of vocal jazz. The aim of the album is to create a 'big band sound' from the small combo listed above, and that aim is achieved admirably, and adds to my jazz education as I noted the difference between big band jazz and other groupings. So we get shorter solos and many duets, snappy precision, and of course a much fuller sound on most tracks. The general feel of the album is cheerful, danceable, an album to play at your next party.

Dan Olivo has a pleasant lightish tone, excellent diction, and, since he is also an actor, he gets his meaning across well. More has a Latin beat with light, playful drumming; It's Only a Paper Moon is introduced 1920s style with Ms Cibelli singing with ukulele accompaniment, then harmony singing, a fun track; then comes an unusual song, This Guy's In Love With You (Bacharach/David) as a heartfelt ballad. The CD is rounded off quite movingly by All the Way, from voice and piano only.

Dan Olivo is a regular performer on the Southern California jazz scene who appears at such venues as The Beverley Hills Hotel and the Frank Sinatra House in Palm Springs. He is an experienced actor from an acting family but he has always liked music and he plays saxophone. This is his debut CD which comprises mainly jazz standards. Check out his website  where you can watch/hear the album's title track. Ann Alex

Available now on Ava Maria Records.

Day By Day; I'm Walkin'; It Had To Be You; More; Time After Time; It's Only a Paper Moon; Sway; How Come You Do Me Like You Do?; L.O.V.E.; This Guy's In Love With You; Come By Me; All the Way


Jim B said...

The worst track is by far... "This Guys In Love With You"I mean how many flat off-key notes can there be in one song??? It is pathetic... Hal David is rolling and Burt is weeping

Lance said...

I seem to recall that Herb Alpert's version had similar imperfections although, no doubt, Hal and Burt rolled and wept all the way to the bank!

Ann Alex said...

i've always prided myself on my sense of pitch so it's probable that I've heard so many off key versions of this song in the past that I cannot tell any more! Thanks for the feedback anyway

Dan said...

"This Guy Is In Love With You" was my favorite track to record. Thank you all for your comments. - Dan Olivo

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