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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 2021

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.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jakTar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Customs House Big Band + Ruth Lambert. Open rehearsal @ the New Crown, South Shields.

Paul Riley-Gledhill, Michael Lamb, Simon Dennis, Darren Urwin, Gordon Marshall (tpts). Gareth Weaver, Eddie Bellis, "Squib" (tmbs). Peter Morgan (bs/tmb md). Jill Brett, Elaine Willis (alt), Alan Marshall, Jim McBriarty (ten), Chris Kaberry (bar). Paul Edis (pno), Neil Harland (bs), Roy Willis (gtr), David Francis (dms). Ruth Lambert (vcl).
Life could not better be! Over the past three days, I've heard two fabulous big bands, two of the best vocalists around and spoke to a third (Zoe) played two gigs myself with the Chilli Road Band and the Tour de France is on TV.
Tonight, after my early evening gig, I dashed down to the New Crown where the Custom Houses Big Band were in open rehearsal mode. A couple of surprises in the rhythm section - Paul Edis (piano) and Neil Harland (bass).
The band worked on Every Time We Say Goodbye and Softly As In A Morning Sunrise whilst I worked on a pint of Hobgoblin. Paul Edis was superb on Softly.
The second set was the usual piquant sandwich of Ruth and band.
Ruth smoothed her way through I Get A Kick Out of You (nice solo from Jill), My Heart Belongs To Daddy, Time After Time and S'wonderful. Splendido!
Instrumentals included Jersey Bounce, Goodwin's High Maintenance (Eddie Bellis on trombone) and It Don't Mean A Thing.
Kudos tonight to Alan Marshall who gets a nice cool sound on tenor - he swung throughout and every solo was on the money.
Good band and good company.
Lance.

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