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Abbie Finn: "Even though there's a lot of great work being done to promote women in jazz, I still come up against some attitudes! I pulled up at a recording session with my drums in the car and the studio owner said, 'I'm sorry, this space is reserved for the drummer!'" - (Jazzwise April 2023).

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!"


15229 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 248 of them this year alone and, so far, 61 this month (March 20).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00-6:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcasatle. From 6:30pm 'til late. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Thu 23: Kerrin Tatman + John Garner & John Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Sunna Gunnlaugs & Julia Hülsmann @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm. A two-piano gig. A Sage Gateshead-JNE promotion.
Thu 23: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano.
Thu 23: Sleep Suppressor @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00., £8.00. adv. Upstairs.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Mo' Better Blues @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.
Fri 24: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Scarth Hall, Staindrop, Co. Durham. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 24: Archipelago + Bulbils @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Vermont Big Band @ Walker Community Centre, Walker, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for Benfield Juniours Football Club. Hot food available, BYOB.
Sat 25: John Logan & Friends @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Rat Pack, Motown etc. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Outlines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 28: Sanaz Lavasani Trio @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv).

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thursday, March 09, 2023

The Ed Richardson Big Band plays Atomic Basie & more @ Ronnie Scott's - Mar. 6

This one had been in the diary for a while. A couple of days in London (Spice of Life Monday lunchtime, a bookshop or two, Ronnie's in the evening, a blockbuster exhibition the next day), a favourable weather forecast, let's go! Monday evening, Ronnie Scott's, the Ed Richardson Big Band plays 'Atomic Basie & more'. Count Basie, a stellar big band, a superstar vocalist, a winning combination!

This Frith Street engagement sold out several weeks ago. And no surprise there given that drummer Ed Richardson would be leading an all-star big band. Each chair in the band was occupied by an A-lister: Joe Webb as Basie, Pete Horsfall and Freddie Gavita in the trumpet section, Callum Au (that's Callum Au, master arranger) and Dan Higham in the 'bones, Kansas Smitty's Giacomo Smith and Leo (no relation) Richardson in the reeds. Oh, yes, add the name Georgia Cécile to the line-up. Stellar? You bet! 

The place was buzzing as audience and musicians caught up for a chat before the down beat. The evening's MC, Paul Pace, introduced Ed Richardson and the ensemble. The excitement was palpable as the band tore into The Kid from Red Bank. Close your eyes, this was the Basie band in full flow. Absolutely terrific. Freddie Gavita and Pete Horsfall duetted on, yes, Duet. Graeme Blevins (tenor sax) and Joe Webb featured on After Supper, Webb again, alongside Giacomo Smith, on Flight of the Foo Birds. The set list more or less followed the album's running order, next up, Teddy the Toad, then Pete Horsfall in the spotlight on Midnight Blue

Nights like this are special, the listener hanging on every note. Ronnie's patrons were particularly attentive this evening. And at this juncture Ed Richardson introduced a special guest, his father, drummer Andy Richardson. Son Ed happily stepped aside to allow father Andy to join the band on Splanky. How good was that?! It's like a Wimbledon champion on Centre Court inviting a family member to serve at match point. Richardson Senior can play, that's for sure. What a thrill it must have been for him. Son Ed videoed the moment.

Giacomo Smith, playing alto sax, featured on Fantail, a muted, graceful Pete Horsfall captured the essence of Li'l Darlin' and then, to close, Joe Webb (Basie) brought in Whirly-Bird. They stood up - that's tenor men Graeme Blevins and Leo Richardson (Frank Foster and Lockjaw Davis) - to blow and blow and blow, the trumpets soaring and swooping as one. Wonderful.

Second set: The '& more' set. Numbers from various albums (April in ParisSinatra at the SandsElla and Basie) heard the ensemble continue where it left off, that is, in superb form. Dan Higham and Freddie Gavita stood in the spotlight on Blues in Hoss' Flat, Gavita again on Shiny Stockings, classic Basie. Time for Ed Richardson to introduce the band's guest star. Strolling onto stage, the one and only, Georgia Cécile. I'm Beginning to See the Light sang Georgia. Our London resident Glaswegian remained exactly where she was for a swinging Honeysuckle Rose. Star quality, pure and simple. And from the Ella and Basie album, Georgia sang On the Sunny Side of the Street. It had been a marvellous, memorable evening. It's likely Ronnie Scott's will want to do it again. If it happens be sure to book early! Russell                          
The Ed Richardson Big Band: Tom Walsh, George Hogg, Pete Horsfall, Freddie Gavita (trumpets); Giacomo Smith, Simon Marsh, Leo Richardson, Graeme Blevins, Jess Holder (reeds); Alistair White, Callum Au, Dan Higham, Barry Clements (trombones); Joe Webb (piano); Oli Mason (guitar); Ferg Ireland (double bass); Ed Richardson (drums); Georgia Cécile (vocals) + Andy Richardson (drums)

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