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Bebop Spoken There

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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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: TBC. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Lockerbie Jazz Festival: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2.

This year’s festival, the 6th, was as exciting as ever. 
Friday.featured the Red Stripe Band, a jump jive outfit who really had the Town Hall jumpin’. Elsewhere,  local tenor man now New York based, Ben Bryden's Bright Noise provided a contemporary sound - an international band with guys from Belgium Australia and the US alongside him.
Saturday morning/afternoon - Take 6 in Lockerbie Academy, with music, food and drink, stalls and workshops. 7 hours of virtually non stop music and dance over 5 stages.
Trad from local band The Lairds of Dixieland and the Vieux Carre Jazzmen from Newcastle, who brought a busload of fans. Big band music from The Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Nelson Tomlinson School Big Band – great to see the youngsters playing Jazz. It gives us confidence in the future of this great music! A combo out of SYJO performed with another local tenor man Scott Murphy, who himself fronted his Janek Project. But that wasn’t all! The Stewart Forbes 4  (Stewart is SYJO’s director) did their thing, Trumpeter Bruce Adams joined by Houston Person on tenor played a great gig in the afternoon.
Tom Finlay and Sue McHugh and others showed off the results of the singer’s workshop, while Richard Michael on piano was joined by some of the young musicians present in a jam session; he even got a young piper up! He followed this with a history of Jazz Piano in about 40 minutes.
Saturday evening. The Academy main hall was filled to capacity for Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band. This went down very well, even though Acker is beginning to show his age.
At the Queens that night we heard a quintet brought together for the Festival. Houston Person (tenor) had flown in from the States just to play at Lockerbie alongside Alan Barnes on alto and baritone and Bruce Adams on trumpet backed by the Paul Harrison Trio, Paul on piano, Euan Burton on bass and Doug Hough on drums.  Despite not having played with Houston before this was a tremendous gig, with wonderful ballads from the front line as a group and as individuals, as well as some real swinging combo work.
Sunday afternoon.Three performances on Sunday followed a gospel service in Dryfesdale Parish Church led by Rev. Sandy Stoddart. The Glasgow Gospel Choir a now regulars in Church on the Sunday morning of the Festival and their singing was inspirational.More Dixieland in the afternoon from the Dave Donohoe Band before a very appreciative audience at the Queens Hotel, Janet Seidel, Australia’s First Lady of Song brought her trio to the  Somerton Hotel, with a wonderful selection from the Song Books, then on to the Dryfesdale Hotel for the closing gig.
What a climax to the Festival!
Houston Person on tenor teamed up again with Alan Barnes on alto, clarinet and Baritone, backed by the Paul Harrison Trio. This was for me, was the highlight of the weekend. From ballads to blues and up tempo numbers they had the audience worked, at times, into a frenzy, particularly when they launched into a totally improvised blues, with amazing solos from the leaders, matched by an equally superb solo from Paul Harrison.
The perfect end to another successful Lockerbie Jazz Festival.
(Photos from Ray Robson).
George Smith
(George Smith presents ‘Mainly Jazz’ on Alive107.3FM 7.00–8.00 pm on Mondays  or online at http://aliveradio.net/)

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