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Bebop Spoken There

Pat Metheny: "The best guitar player I've heard in maybe my entire life is floating around now, Pasquale Grasso." - (Vintage Guitar Magazine February 2016)

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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.


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 @ Punch Bowl 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: SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

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

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

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Jools Holland and his R & B Orchestra - Report by Jim & Jane

Last night's main event at Newcastle City Hall rocked off to much approval from a full house as Jools launched into a boogie intro and, with knife-like precision, the 19 pce orchestra took off. The result was quite stunning and the rest of the night whizzed by with much of what followed drawn from his newly released 2-CD set " The Informer".
Ruby Turner sparkled on "St Louis Blues" and "See See Rider" as did Rico Rodriguez on the 1960's Nat Cole song "L-O-V-E ". Louise Marshall proved popular while special guest Marc Almond sang with much gusto on a more recent pop tune, "Tainted Love".
Jools had his fair share of warbling throughout the night, solo spots were never less than good, with many excellent renditions. Somewhere among the encores was a rousing rendition of "String of Pearls" strictly R&B style of course.
Earlier, guitar/vocalist Chris Gifford, backed by a girl singer played a pleasant enough support set before the entry of 'The King'.
To sum up, an evening full of toe tapping music and hot house solos. Such energy should be bottled!
Overheard comment, "it's like listening to 5 concerts in one".
A word of caution to strict Jazzers, you will be invited to sing along on some numbers as befits this form of entertainment.
Regards Jim and Jane McDowell

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