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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Barnes: "Normally you can cobble a set together with five guys on the back of an envelope over the first pint and it's just fine. Livestreaming isn't like that." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

Archive quotes.

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

13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

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

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

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tonight on BBC4 - 9:00pm.

Nothing to do with jazz - no it's Chess. Not the record label but the game. A program on the enigmatic and ultimately tragic Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
Why have I chosen to draw this program to your attention? Well, apart from sharing a birthday with the errant champion (March 9 - me, Mickey Spillane and Ornette Coleman) I'm also an occasional chess player myself as are many jazz people. Only yesterday I noted Tony Kofi commenting on Facebook about a chess game he was playing. Ronnie Scott and Dizzy were others who were known to have a liking for the game. Did I say game? Chess is war as this program will undoubtedly show.
In 1972, the Newcastle Big Band were heading for San Sebastian and the progress of the Fischer-Spassky World Championship was frequently the topic of conversation. Charlie Carmichael, Bill Shaw and I were also prone to a 64 square skirmish from time to time.
Chess and jazz have one thing in common - you can't hide. The pieces are in front of you - it's up to you what you do with them. Whether it's your move or your solo you either put up or shut up!
Lance.

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