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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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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

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

R.I.P. Pete La Roca

The death was announced yesterday of American drummer Pete La Roca who played and recorded  on Blue Note. with Sonny Rollins, Freddy Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean, Art Farmer, Jaki Byard, Johnny Coles and many others - they all benefited from his inspired drumming. He preceded Elvin Jones with Coltrane.
To remind myself of his ability, I dug out Freddie Hubbard's Night of the Cookers - a 2 volume live recording from 1965 with Hubbard and Morgan on trumpets alongside James Spaulding on flute and alto.
La Roca is solid throughout holding it all together whilst the horns are going berserk in the kitchen! He has an extended solo on Volume 2 that further rubber stamps his CV - a greatly underrated drummer who actually took time out to become a lawyer successfully suing a record company for re-releasing his second album as a leader under Chick Corea's name.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

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