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Bebop Spoken There

Branford Marsalis: "As ignorance often forces us to do, you make a generalisation about a musician based on one specific record or one moment in time." - (Jazzwise June 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!"


15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 03: Newcastle Record Fair @ Northumbria University, Newcastle NE8 8SB. 10:00am-3:00pm. Admission: £2.00.
Sat 03: Pedigree Jazz Band @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Sue Ferris. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.
Sat 03: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 04: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 04: Central Bar Quintet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. £5.00. The Central Bar Quintet plays Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus. Featuring Lewis Watson.
Sun 04: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Struggle Buggy + Michael Littlefield @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Acoustic blues.
Sun 04: Swinging at the Cotton Club: Harry Strutters' Hot Rhythm Orchestra @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Richard Jones Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 04: Jam No. 18 @ Fabio's Bar, Saddler Street, Durham. 8:00pm. Free. All welcome. A Durham University Jazz Society event.

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 06: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social 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, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

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: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Saturday, June 03, 2023

The BeBop (sic) tv channel

I'm not quite sure what to make of this but I'm going to give it a try. The first clip I logged onto showed guys drinking and 'shooting up' but, hey. that's how it was back then - maybe still is.

I think there's some good music in there. I'll check it out after I've had my evening fix (a large glass of Chardonnay - a.k.a. a bottle!).


Aycliffe Radio: Jazz Time - Sundays 6.30-8.00 pm (repeat Tuesdays 8.00-9.30pm)

 Playlist 04/06/23. (Repeated Tuesday 06/05/23)

Request: George Shearing.


Birthday: Kenny G.

Request: Louis Armstrong/King Oliver.

Birthday: Grant Green, Sonny Rollins/Oliver Nelson, Count Basie(featuring Al Grey).

Request:  Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker Septet, Peggy Lee/ Benny Goodman, Janne Ersson,

NE Connections: Paul Booth's Bansangu, Abbie Finn Trio, Joe Steels' Borealis.

June: Benny Carter & his Orchestra.

Preview: Sunday night @ the Globe - Richard Jones Trio

(Press release) Comprising three young, rising-star musicians on the UK scene – Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley on bass, Johnny Hunter on drums and Richard Jones on piano – the Manchester-based Richard Jones Trio was born out of the renewed friendship that came in the period post-lockdown, when old friends finally felt able to share a room once more. All three players have been steeped in musical backgrounds from an early age, ranging from classical to avant-garde improv, and that sense of combined rich heritage oozes from every pore of their debut album, “Angle Shades”.

Customs House Big Band touching base on June 16

The popular Customs House Big Band present their annual concert at the Customs House in South Shields on Friday, June 16. As always, the 16 piece band led by Peter Morgan will feature vocalist Ruth Lambert in a programme packed with swinging arrangements.

It's a 7:30pm start and it's a PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE event (anything from £3 to £15  irrespective of where you sit - the choice is yours). Lance

Album review: 3'Ain - Sea of Stories

Yamin Martini (trumpet, flugel); Piet Maris (accordion); Chris Kint (bass)

After spending most of my adult life listening to jazz of all persuasions, there comes a time when you say that enough is enough. You've heard them all from Armstrong, Basie, Coltrane, Davis and Ellington through to Xenopoulos, Young and Zito (Jimmy Zito played a beautiful solo on Les Brown's I've Got my Love to Keep me Warm) what more is there to come?

Reflections on N'Warlins

An American work colleague told me she loves the way English people say New Orleans. I’ve adopted – if not an Englishman's - a European’s spelling N’Warlins by Zawinul from a Syndicate cut. The folks  there wish you Happy Festival like we greet each other at Christmas here. The weather reports refer specifically to the Festival.

The first morning we got there early just in case there was any trouble securing passes. All sorted we found a café with four ladies sat outside and occupied the table next to them. Gradually more people arrived and a makeshift bar appeared next to the portaloo we hadn’t previously noticed. Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters album was playing from the café. As the crowds grew a police car arrived and the officer closed the road. An elderly chap arrived with his walker and a bag of weed he’d liberated from his daughter in exchange for three bottles of beer.   

Guy Davis @ The Cluny, Newcastle - June 2

Guy Davis (guitar, banjo, vocals)

Blues on a summer's evening down in the Ouseburn. It had been some fifteen years since Guy Davis was last in town. Thanks to the efforts of Jumpin' Hot Club and Rob Heron, the American troubadour took to the stage in Cluny 2 in front of a full house. Opening with Limetown, Davis was in good voice and fine fettle. The rapturous reception which followed told Davis all he needed to know, the Ouseburn blues crowd was most definitely 'onside'.

RIP Redd Holt (16 May 1932 - 23 May 2023)

Isaac 'Redd' Holt played drums on Ramsey Lewis' The In Crowd. Born in Mississippi, as a child Holt moved to Chicago. In 1955 he enlisted in the US Army after which he and bassist Eldee Young hooked up with Lewis. 

Commercial success followed and after a while Holt and Young left Lewis to form their own band, Young-Holt Unlimited, which proved popular with jazz-soul/soul audiences, charting with Soulful Strut. In later years Holt worked in music education and, until the pandemic hit, sustained a twenty-year trio residency at the East Bank Club in Chicago. Russell    

Friday, June 02, 2023

Album review: Gaia Schell - In Your Own Sweet Way

Gaea Schell (flute, piano, vocals); Jordan Samuels (guitar); John Wiitala (bass); Greg Wyser-Pratte (drums) + Carlos Caro (perc on 3 tks); Marcos Diaz (trumpet, piano on 1 tk)

A delightful album by Canadian born multi-instrumentalist, composer Schell. It's not going to be an Album of the Year contender but it will certainly be much closer to the top than the bottom. A recording that will probably stay in my memory long after the big hitters have had their day. 

The lady plays expressive piano, gets a beautiful sound on flute and, as if that wasn't enough, composed some lyrics to Brubeck's In Your Own Sweet Way - dedicated to her boyfriend. Her vocal on It Had to be You may also have been directed at the same lucky fella!

Marquee TV adds extensive collection of jazz performances and documentaries to its streaming platform

(Press release) Platform features content from some of the biggest names in jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Chick Corea, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, Gregory Porter and more

Marquee TV, the global streaming service for arts and culture, has introduced an extensive collection of jazz onto the platform to further strengthen its offering to music lovers around the world. Featuring performances and documentaries from some of the biggest names in jazz both past and present, and with more titles due to be added soon, jazz fans will be spoilt for choice.

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