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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 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.

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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.


16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Album Review: Ellie Martin – Verdant

Ellie Martin (vocals); Peter Eldridge (piano, background vocals 10); Ariel Kasler (guitar 1, 4,6,7,9,10); Kurt Khranke (bass); Olman Piedra (drums, percussion); Keith Ganz (guitar); Victor Gonçalves (accordion 3); Andrew Bishop (clarinet 1); Ben Wolkins (trumpet 7); Mike Harrison (background vocals 2)

An album of original songs based on the singer's life experience. This includes surviving cancer, bringing up children, watching them play, and not taking anything for granted.  Ms Martin, after a successful career in academia, decided to follow her dream of recording an album.

The singer has a PhD in Jazz Studies and is currently the vocal jazz instructor at the Universiy of Toledo and at Toledo School for the Arts. She has performed at Pittsburgh Jazz festival, the Sunset Jazz Festival, Michigan Jazz Festival and sung with the National Arab Orchestra in Texas. She has performed alongside the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Jon Hendricks and Afro Blue. Ms Martin is currently touring in the Midwest.

The CD covers bebop, Latin grooves, ballads and swing. The voice is light, warm, with a soprano tone verging towards a musical theatre sound which, to my ears, isn't ideal for jazz, but is generally good. The lyrics are interesting and articulate, and the instrumentalists are well up to the mark, as on most of these albums which feature a singer.

The album opens with the lively percussion of a samba, portraying her daughters at play, including a neat clarinet solo and background vocals. There follows a slow ballad with a close harmony duet with Mike Harrison; then comes a sensuous tango with drums and accordion. Never Will I Worry which concerns divorce, was a little too dramatic for my taste and Renewal, which is about the natural world, gives us a welcome bass solo and skilled, rich, ensemble playing.

Steel Eye City is a hard bop swinger with some pleasing scat. The piano flows on Verdant and the CD is neatly rounded off with Moments, which was written after the death of her grandfather, about the memories of love which are left behind after such a death.

The album is well worth a listen and is available in store or online.  Ann Alex

Living For the Now; As Time Goes; Dancers Serenade; Never Will I Worry; Love Somehow Will Heal; Renewal; Steel Eye City; Verdant; Lucianita; Lady Liberty; Step Into Your Essence: Moments

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