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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.


13,359 (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 @ Punchbowl 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:

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

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Newcastle Big Band Memory

I read with pleasure the articles and memories about Nigel Stanger and Newcastle Big Band. I once sang with the NBB at the University Theatre Bar (where else?) on a Sunday lunchtime. In the interval I asked Andy Hudson if the band would play MacArthur Park in the second half. He said "if you sing it we'll play it", so I did. Afterwards Nigel asked me if I'd be available the following Sunday, "Sure", I said, anticipating being offered a regular vocals position in the band. The Stanger riposte left me in no doubt: "well don't expect a call from us.............."!!
Godfrey Valentine
PS: The website is still as good as ever. Did you ever find out whatever happened to Jeff Hedley?

1 comment :

Lance said...

Thanks Godfrey for that piece of Nigelic humour. Typical!
No I've never caught up with Geoff (Jeff?) Hedley. I seem to recall someone saying he'd re-located to Wales but I'm not sure.
I can't recall your vocal but so many things happened on those Sunday mornings it's now all very misty...

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