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Bebop Spoken There

Rickie Lee Jones: "There's lots of music and not so much celebrity. I guess I'll stay here [New Orleans] for a while if it doesn't get washed away in the flood." - (The Observer 18.04.21)

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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.


13,107 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 526 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (April 16).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Jazz At The Fell.

Authentic sounding hot dance music of the 1920s/30s expertly executed by a band steeped in the idiom.
In the 'pretty section', as Ellington used to describe his girl vocalists, Caroline Irwin sang "Am I Blue" and caught the mood of the song perfectly whilst "Red Hot Mama" was indeed red hot. Caroline also had an 8 bar cornet solo in a later piece.
Gavin Lee blew some rooty clarinet on "Paducah" - Tesch and Peewee surely figure in Gavin's ancestry. By contrast, Jim McBriarty's more liquorishy sound has traces of BG. Jim also crooned some period vocals that conjured up images of white spats and bootleg gin.
Keith Stephen - ever a good man to have around - switched between banjo and guitar, on the latter instrument sounding at times almost like Lonnie Johnson or Eddie Lang.
Unfortunately, circumstances decreed I could only stay for an hour so I missed any Steve Andrews' solos which was disappointing but I did have a chuckle at some of his announcements "For the benefit of latecomers we play our signature tune second." - "This next number is called "Tuning-up". Click here for YouTube clip from Whitley Bay Festival.
Hope to be able to catch the full session next time round.

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