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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Take the Metro Train and make sure they Drop You Off at Tynemouth

(Review by Russell).
St.James’ Metro station. People get ready there’s a train a-comin’. Get on board. Next stop Monument. Margaret B. got on board, two jazz-loving Americans in tow. Welcome aboard the 12:16 Jazz Age Time Travel Special! The next station is Tynemouth. Alight here for the Roaring Twenties. Blue Skies. Sun beating down, cracking the refurbished glass roof canopy, the station platform resembled Grand Central Station at rush hour. Excuse me, thank you. Excuse me, thanks.
Making headway through the throng took time and patience. A familiar face here (Norman), over there (Dave K) and that’s Roly (on the bandstand – give him a wave). Hi Ruth (looking cool in black, expressing concern at the unfamiliar keys on which she was about to exercise her vocals chords). Maureen H had secured a spot half way up the stairs (over there to your left). Over on the right a local politician – just out of reach of a left hook - was basking in the reflected glory of the assembled talent. 
The talent: John Carstairs Hallam’s Sweet and Hot Orchestra: John Carstairs Hallam (double bass), Brian Chester (piano), Roly Veitch (guitar), Ian Forbes (drums), Jim McBriarty (alto saxophone, clarinet & vocals), Alan Marshall (alto saxophone & clarinet), Gavin Lee (tenor saxophone), Sue Ferris (tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet), Alan Smith (trumpet), Mick Hill (trumpet), Neville Hartley (trombone), Don Fairley (trombone) & Ruth Lambert (vocals). 
St.Louis Blues signalled the start of the one hour set. Drummer Ian Forbes’ crisp work set-up the brass section, reeds followed with the rhythm section well oiled (musically you understand – this was a professional engagement). All on the stand were reading their parts determined to meet MD Carstairs Hallam’s exacting standards. The avuncular bandleader had clearly devoted many hours to lovingly arranging the material. Jeepers Creepers, A Tisket A Tasket (great vocal by Ruth ‘Ella’ Lambert), Moonlight Serenade, A String of Pearls, South of the Border and The Palais Glide (expertly arranged)  were but a few of many familiar dance band numbers. 
Camera phones were held aloft to capture the moment, couples danced and jugglers kept their eyes firmly on the tools of their trade as stilt walkers turned many a head. The next train out of town pulled into Platform 1. All aboard for the Crescent Club Jazz Special! Down the tracks to Cullercoats Bay the seahorses reared-up, then, backs broken, lay spent, exhausted on the sands. 
Inside, the place was busy. The second set was about to begin. A seat was offered, most welcome. The JCH Sweet and Hot had recruited one or two of the house band regulars for the day along the line at Tynemouth so deps were called in and they proved more than able. Bassist Bill Colledge came over from the South Side and the inimitable Roy Gibson played piano. Regular front man Iain MacAulay added another six strings to his bow – he played guitar during drummer Ollie Rilland’s rock ‘n’ roll medley – and clarinetist Derek Fleck sat and played as if in his own front room (relaxed I’d say!). Teresa Armstrong and John Broddle sang. The great Doris Fenn (ukulele) sat in second set. 
The day had started in Tynemouth with St.Louis Blues and - what’s the odds? – finished in Cullercoats with St.Louis Blues. For the record: Iain MacAulay (trombone, trumpet, guitar & vocals), Derek Fleck (clarinet), Roy Gibson (keyboards), Bill Colledge (electric bass), Ollie Rillands (drums & vocals), Doris Fenn (ukulele), Teresa Armstrong (vocals) & John Broddle (vocals). 
Next train Newcastle. In toon we called into Marks and Spencers for a pot of tea, a black coffee and teacakes. Aye, we jazzers live life in the fast lane.
Photos Courtesy of Carstairs.
Russell  

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