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Bebop Spoken There

John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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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