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Billy Boy Arnold: “As long as you don't think old you're good.” - DownBeat, December, 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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...


16051 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1058 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 09: Prudhoe Community Band @ Central Station, Newcastle. 10:00am - 12 noon. Charity fundraiser.
Sat 09: Durham Alumni Big Band @ Number One Bar, Skinnergate, Darlington. 1:00pm.
Sat 09: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Sat 09: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Middleton & Todridge Village Hall, Morpeth. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sat 09: Paul Skerritt @ Slaley Hall, Hexham NE47 0BX. 7:30pm. From £42.00.

Sun 10: Musicians Unlimited’s Xmas Party with Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. MU 1:00-3:00pm; Zoë Gilby Quartet 4:00-6:00pm. Tickets: £7.50.
Sun 10: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn @ Darlington Market, Market Square, Darlington. 1:00pm. Free. A ‘Christmas Market’ outdoor gig. Wrap up warm!
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Funk Soul Sista @ Stack, Seaburn. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Beth Clarke @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 10: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Whittingham Memorial Institute, Alnwick. 7:30pm. £12.00., £10.00.
Sun 10: Tele-Port @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Line-up inc. Zhenya Strigalev.

Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 11: Interim Final Recitals @ Newcastle University. Details TBC.

Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Wed 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 13: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 13: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 13: Bold Big Band @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Hot Fingers @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 14: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. . Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 14: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Mo Scott ‘Little Mo’s Festive Appearance’ @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland, Josh Bentham, Garry Hadfield, Adrian Beadnell @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 15: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: Paul Skerritt @ Black Horse Inn, Crook. From 7:00pm.
Fri 15: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ St Cuhtbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm. £15.00. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Fri 15: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £12.00. Fri 15: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. First night of two.
Fri 15: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £10.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: Baghdaddies @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £14.00.; £10.00.

Saturday, April 29, 2023

CD Review: Joanie Pallatto – Accidental Melody featuring Fareed Haque

Joanie Pallatto (vocals); Fareed Haque (classical, electric, steel string guitars); John Christensen (acoustic bass); Eric Hines, Juan Pastor (percussion); Bradley Parker-Sparrow (piano tracks 6,10)

This CD provides a feast of Latin jazz, original songs sung in a pleasing delicately-toned voice, to skilled accompaniment, including of course the typical Latin percussion. The music and lyrics are mostly the work of our singer with some input from her husband Bradley Parker-Sparrow and also Fareed Haque. The lyrics are philosophical, romantic and quite clever.

For instance the opening track Surrender is all about going with the flow, a relaxed song with some spoken lines, some wordless singing and superb guitar; Accidental Melody is a salsa; Apart comments on the pandemic and is slower and reflective; A Shooting Star has a tango feel, with high speed guitar and a bass solo.

The Melody of You is a love song with just voice and piano; The Cuckoo Clock is a duet with guitar, the latter amusingly imitating a cuckoo clock; Sound is a cleverly improvised track sung to random instrumental sounds; Lafayette concerns a journey and the album is neatly rounded off with a slower Latin song about the pandemic, which fades out gradually with wordless singing.

This is actually the thirteenth CD by Ms Pallatto and the fourth album of all original music. She has been a mainstay on the Chicago music scene for more than 44 years and has run a recording studio with her husband for almost 40 years so has expertise in music production. She is a versatile singer who has also sung jingles for commercials and does voice-over work. She hails from a musical family and  has performed as a jazz vocalist in Chicago and New York City.

The album will be released on May 19 on the Southport Records label and will be available via most sources. Ann Alex

Surrender; Accidental Melody; Apart; You Think You Know; A Shooting Star; The Melody of You; Don't Ever Look For Love; The Cuckoo Clock; In the Middle Of Life; Sound; Lafayette; Keeping Track of Time; The Lost Year


Joanie Pallatto said...

Thanks a million for the review of my new CD, Accidental Melody! I'm thrilled to be in such good company! With Music and Appreciation, Joanie Pallatto

Lance said...

Well Joanie, I can't, in honesty, take the credit as it was written by one of my colleagues - Ann Alex. Still, I respect and agree with Ann's judgement so thank you.

Joanie Pallatto said...

Lance, I'm glad you agree with Ann Alex! Yes, I saw her name in the review. Please pass along my sincere thanks.

Ann Alex said...

Pleased to be of service. I enjoyed the CD very much

Joanie Pallatto said...

Ann, it's so nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for your beautiful words!

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