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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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14362 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 581 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...

June

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

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

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs. @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Farewell Humph

Jazzman, raconteur, writer, historian what can I say that won't be said more eloquently elsewhere? Nothing, except to thank Humphrey Lyttelton for the pleasure he has given me over the years with his music, his books and his sense of humour.
Musically, the band he lead in the 1950s with Tony Coe, Jimmy Skidmore and Joe Temperley, was the one I remember most fondly; I heard them many times at the 100 Club on Oxford Street. I also had the privilege of playing in the support band at a dance at one of the Durham Colleges. Humph gave me ten bob and asked me to pick Bruce Turner up from Durham railway station and give him a lift to the gig which I did - possibly my greatest contribution to British Jazz.
His autobiography 'I Play As I Please' and subsequent tomes are entertaining, often essential, reading for students of jazz.
Sadly missed.
Lance

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Made In England

Courtney Pine was perhaps an unusual choice to feature in a BBC program about Holy Island and, by his own admission, the pace of life as an inner city North London jazz musician was far removed from the tranquility of Holy Island (pop. 171). Nevertheless, his plaintive, almost melancholy, soprano sax succeeded in capturing the island's ambience and there was nothing ambiguous about the pairing.
Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell had a more obvious affinity with 'the home of christianity' and, strangely, the pipes didn't sound too far removed from Courtney's soprano. Surely a compliment to two musicians who are both masters of their craft.
I look forward to hearing Courtney's take on Sydney Bechet at this year's Scarborough Jazz Festival.
An amusing footnote. One of the islanders professed a liking for the 'Blue Danube Waltz'. Later, Courtney played his version of the tune. The lady remarked, 'I heard a bit of the Blue Danube in there.'
Not so much a mighty river more a gentle stream!

Take It To The Bridge

I'm never quite certain whether Dave Weisser is a trumpet player who sings or a singer who plays trumpet. Whatever, he does both with enthusiasm and dedication and a degree of restraint. Restraint isn't part of tenorist Ian Trewella's make-up; he goes for the jugular every time. When it gels they make a good frontline; when it doesn't...
It gelled tonight at the Chillingham Arms on "Straight No Chaser", "Airegin" and an original by pianist Barry Ascroft called, I think, "Sam Marguil" inspiration, we're told, from a Caribbean cruise and, perhaps, a bottle or two of San Miguel.
It didn't quite get there on "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" not least because Ian's sax had taken note of the title and surrendered unconditionally. Superglue and elastic bands were called upon to make it better.
As well as the residents there were the usual plethora of sitters-in including Deborah who scatted and Stomped at the Savoy, another tenor player, and a fine triumverate of guitarists in the form of Alex, who also scatted - on a waltz no less - David, and Daniel.
All in all, the best quidsworth in town!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Zoë Gilby Band

Another fine session from Zoë who gave her usual polished performance. 'When Lights Are Low' may have been being 'premiered' but it didn't detract from her rendition and I look forward to it becoming a staple part of her repertoire. 'I'm Beginning to See the Light' and 'Angel Eyes' were two other numbers that hit the spot as indeed did the rest of her program. Noel Dennis (tpt/Flug), Mark Williams (gtr), and Andy Champion (bs) were also on form whilst on drums David Carnegie was his usual solid self. Pleased to see her dad in the audience - he must be very proud.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Quote

When asked how come he could play so well when he was stoned out of his mind, tenor saxist Johnny Griffin replied, "Because I was stoned when I learnt to play!"

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Curtis Stigers

I'm not quite sure where Curtis Stigers stands in the jazz hierarchy these days. Buying a Stigers CD is like buying a lottery ticket; a waste of money, a modest return or BINGO! 'Baby Plays Around' is without doubt in the 5 numbers and the bonus ball class; not least for the classy material the disc contains. Such classics as 'Billie's Bounce', Parker's Mood' and 'Centrepiece', the latter featuring his fine tenor playing, sit nicely alongside some tasty standards including; 'Let's Get Lost', 'Everything Happens To Me', 'I Keep Going Back To Joe's' and 'You Are Too Beautiful'. Beautiful is up there with the Coltrane/Johnny Hartman version and Joe's points the direction from which the recent Ian Shaw version came. What do you think of Stigers?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I'll Remember April

I will remember this particular night in April thanks to a fine set by the ALAN GLEN TRIO at the Chillingham Arms. Nothing too far out, just beautifully executed standards such as 'I Thought About You', 'East of the Sun' and Clifford Brown's 'Sandu'. David Carnegie (dms) and Laurence Blackadder (bs) provided solid backing as well as soloing impressively. It had been a long time since I'd heard Alan and I'd almost forgotten the subtle nuances he brings to every tune. Truly delightful. Prior, Dave Weisser, Ian Trewella and the resident band of men stamped their brand on Horace Silver. Later, a blind guy called Martin also played some swinging piano - 'Making Whoopee' in a blues vein no less!

Quote

"Joshua didn't knock down the walls of Jericho with a saxophone". Wynton Marsalis on the long history of trumpet playing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Jazz

Right there with Liz on this one. The Jazz, whilst it had the unenviable task of attempting to be all things to all men (and women), nevertheless managed to hit that happy medium of covering most persuasions. It was a rare hour that I didn't find at least 45 minutes of excellence. At present it continues on cable and on-line but without any presenters. There is nothing more annoying than to hear a track you like and not know who it is by. What we need is someone to hijack a boat and set up a jazz pirate radio station. What upsets me is that only days before, they were announcing their large listening audience; obviously the bosses at Capital Radio weren't among the listeners and nor, it would seem, were the potential advertisers. How sad that music such as ours is in the hands of the men (and women) in suits.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Gateshead Festival

A free - as in priceless - afternoon at The Sage with most of the 'usual suspects' from The Side Café strutting their stuff. Unfair to single anyone out although Zoë Gilby and Emma Fisk proved that jazz isn't a totally masculine domain; both were brilliant.Splashed out on a Clifford Brown box set; not least because one of the tunes was, you've guessed it, 'You're a Lucky Guy'. Took a lot of photos; They're in the gallery.

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