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Charlotte Keefe: "I don't know what I'm going to play any more than you [the audience] do." - (Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op gig June 13, 2021)

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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.


13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On


Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential:

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dave O'Higgins with the Noel Dennis Quartet - Report by Russell Corbett

Middlesbrough town centre was all of a bustle with the Christmas shoppers (blissfully?) unaware of a wonderful gig happening almost within earshot in the Brittan Building of Teesside University where a lunchtime treat was being served up by tenor saxophonist Dave O'Higgins with the great Noel Dennis Quartet in attendance.
The audience eventually grew to about 100 appreciative fans.
First up was Wayne Shorter's ''El Gaucho''; an opportunity for all to stretch out. Next was Charlie Parker's ''Au Privave'' taken at a great tempo with each musician afforded solo space. The hightlight, for me at least, was Victor Young's ''Stella by Starlight''. Noel, on flugel, played a beautiful, extended solo, garnering approval from O'Higgins. The closing number (the time flew past) was a Higgins original, the eponymous ''In the Zone'' from his 2007 CD release. Andy Champion and Adrian Tilborok (bass and drums) were excellent (as one would expect). Adam Dennis at the piano was superb. Great stuff.

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