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Farewell Blues

A quiet month so far...

Bebop Spoken There

Joe Daley: "We [Daley & Sam Rivers] did an entire tour, and nothing was discussed other than what time was dinner" - (JazzTimes Sept. 2022)

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!"


14644 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 922 of them this year alone and, so far, 21 this month (Oct.6).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 07: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 07: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective + Knats @ Dance City, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £15.00. (£12.50. student).
Fri 07: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. 'Celebrating Oscar'.
Fri 07: Mick Cantwell Quartet @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 07: Anth Purdy @ Waterford Arms, Seaton Sluice. 8:00pm.
Fri 07: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 8:30pm.

Sat 8 Oct, Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass, Ripon HG4 4AH. 12.20pm. NOTE SATURDAY GIG AS OPPOSED TO REGULAR SUNDAY GIG. COACH FROM WHITLEY BAY NOW SOLD OUT!
Sat 08: Paul Skerritt w Danny Miller Big Band @ Westovian Theatre, South Shields. 7:30pm.
Sat 08: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Maureen Hall's monthly residency one week later than usual.

Sun 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 09: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 09: Chip Wickham @ The Cluny, Newcastle.
Sun 09: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 10: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 10: Central Bar Quintet plays Blue Train @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 11: Dean Stockdale Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Wed 12: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 12: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 12: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 12: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 13: Hypothetical: Works Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 13: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. The Mark Toomey Quartet with Mark Toomey (alto sax) Jeremy McMurray (piano) Peter Ayton (bass) Paul Smith (drums).

Tuesday, June 08, 2010


During last week I spent the sum of £21 and had great music in return, 13 gigs to be exact. Where else in this country could you do that, I ask you?

Jazz gigs included the Claude Werner Quartet last Sunday and the Michael Garrick concert on Thursday, where I got to talk to the man himself, and what a lovely gentleman he was – see the photo. Then there was a ceilidh at Gateshead on Tuesday. I can’t imagine many of the jazz fans I know dancing at a ceilidh (eh Lance?) but it’s great fun if you like that sort of thing, which I do.

But what I mainly wanted readers to know about were the jazz-like influences that I spotted at the Sage folk concerts run by the young people doing the Folk and Traditional Music Degree. There were 10 of these concerts. Nine of them were FREE, each lasting about 45 minutes, and were part of the students’ work which was being assessed. Obviously these were mainly folk music influenced (forget Wild Rovers, there’s a lot more to it than that!) but there were influences from folk music of other cultures such as Mongolian and French, elements of Shakespeare, and even a brass band. The jazz-like elements included a young lad called Simon Stephenson on guitar who treated us to ‘Windy and Warm’ (John D. Loudermilk); ‘The Orange Grove’ composed by the lad himself but influenced by Mississipi John Hurt; and ‘Salty Dog Rag’ and ‘Saturday Night Shuffle’. That last one was originally played by Merle Travis. Simon certainly knew how to play a mean rag.

Another lad to watch for is Ben Church (I don’t think he’s related to Charlotte though he did sing a song in Welsh). He has a most intriguing style of playing guitar which I think would interest jazz musicians. He was finger-picking, playing a quick chord, then doing percussion on the side of the guitar, each in turn, to produce a wonderful lively evocative sound.

Jazz fans may want to try these free concerts next year. You never know, you may get to like folk music if you don’t already listen to it.

Ann Alexander

1 comment :

Roly said...

I agree about the frequency of jazz influence in contemporary folk music. I suppose there is a lot of cross pollination across all genres these days. But there are some wonderful things happening in present day folk at the cutting edge - some fascinating, challenging yet lyrical music of great beauty. I went to listen to Chris Stout at the Sage with his folk quintet a few months back - it was memorable. One of the nicest concerts I've ever been to.

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