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Farewell Blues

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Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 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!"

Postage

14865 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1114 of them this year alone and, so far, 20 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...

December

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 12: Central Bar Quintet plays Kind of Blue @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).
Tue 13: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, John Pope, John Bradford.
Tue 13: Abbie Finn Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Tue 13: King Bees @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Superb Chicago Blues Band.

Wed 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 14: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 14: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 14: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

15: Paul Skerritt @ Durham Market Place DH1 9SH. From 11:00am.
Thu 15: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'. SOLD OUT!
Thu 15: Jo Harrop & Paul Edis: When Winter Turns to Spring @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free. Edis replaces the previously advertised Jamie McCredie. Free.
Thu 15: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 15: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Dir. Jason Holcomb.
Thu 15: Paul Skerritt Band @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 15: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Identity Parade!

Lance, I was looking up some information on Newcastle Jazz in the '50s and I came across a mention of the Newcastle Jazz Club in the Royal Arcade and a link to a photograph. I couldn't find the photograph but I contacted Steve Ellwood who owns the site http://www.steve-ellwood.org.uk/ and he kindly sent me a copy and gave me permission to use it. Steve tells me that this was sent to him a long time ago and he can't remember the source but it was named Royal Arcade - Newcastle Jazz Club and he thought the band was George Hornsby's. It looks a bit posh for a Jazz Club and I was told that George used to have a residency at the Milvain, could it be there? If you think any of your readers might have an input please feel free.
Alfred Stone.

12 comments :

Lance said...

Well Alf, I never was in the Arcade Jazz Club as it was a little before my time. However, the arcade was quite an elegant place so it is possible.
I don't recall George Hornsby either although they look to be a dance band rather than the trad outfits that played at the club.
As regards the Milvain, I only knew it after the fire in 1960 so I couldn't comment on that either.
Which means that it's up to any guys out there old enough to remember the Royal Arcade Jazz Club or the Milvain in it's glory days as a dance hall. I seem to recall that Freddy Stebbings had a residency there in the 1950s.
Suggestions please.

Roly said...

Before my time too Lance but interesting you mention Freddy Stebbings - my Uncle Ron (Scone) Veitch (drummer) was my dad's youngest brother. He played a long term residency with Freddy (in a trio) at The Pineapple Club at Elswick. I went along to see them a few times - it included s good jazzy pianist who's name I can't remember. The pianist played me some blues and boogie woogie which I liked at the time. Early 60s I would think. I was getting into jazz then - via Peterson mainly (I got the Night Train album and was hooked). Its not Ron on the photo though.
Roly

Miles said...

Hi Lance, That picture is not the Jazz club in the Royal Arcade which was in the Socialist Hall which was also used for "spuggie" (spiritual) meetings. It was a fairly small, grungy, oblong room upstairs at the far end of the Arcade I was only there twice, once to see Josh White the folk & blues singer, he sang the House Of The Rising Sun & I sometimes wonder if that's where the Animals got the song from. I also saw Mick Mulligan & Melly there with Ronnie McLean depping on trombone.
I was once or twice at the Milvain the band had M H on the music stands whoever they were. The most everlasting memory of the place is dodging the battles. Oh happy days (mid fifties).
Miles

Jack Goodwin said...

That certainly wasn't the Arcade Jazz Club. I played there with Clem Avery, John Wheatley, John Saxelby, Peter Deuchar, Eric Miller, etc, etc. and we used to practice there on a fairly regular basis. One highlight was when Big Bill Broonzy visited the Club. Peter Deuchar gave him a bottle of ten year old malt and Bill just sang and sang - accompamied by the resident local musicians for some numbers. A great memory.
Jack Goodwin.

Alf Stone said...

Lance and friends.
Thanks for your input.
Regards,
Alf

Anonymous said...

any more info on the freddie stebbings band

Unknown said...

This photo was taken in the Milvain and my grandad was playing the drums in the photo

Lance said...

Thanks (not) a lot for that! As you don't give your name or that of your grandfather we're no further forward apart from the fact that it confirms that it was the Milvain on Westgate Rd.

Nick Wright said...

My grandad was called Jack Wright who came from Blaydon and all I can tell you was the man playing the trumpet was called Ronnie

Lance said...

Nick, I remember Jack Wright - if it's the same one. Occasionally played drums at the Bluebell in Felling on a Sunday lunchtime with Arthur and Billy Luke and Teddy Langston - this would be mid-1960s

Unknown said...

Icm not sure, I was born in the late 60s and can never remember my grandad ever playing drums from that time onwards but I will have a word with my dad and see if he remembers anything else about when and where he played.

Lance said...

Nick, looking at the photo again, I don't think the drummer was the Jack Wright I knew but then again... it was a long time ago!

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