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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sun 10: Tusk X Yeah You @ Live Theatre, Newcastle. 12 noon. £10.00. All day event, line-up inc. Pat Thomas.
Sun 10: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); River City Jazzmen (1:35pm); House of the Black Gardenia (3:10pm); Classic Swing (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.
Sun 10 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 10: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Saltwell Park, Gateshead NE9 5AX. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 10: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazzframe @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Strictly Smokin' Little Big Soul Band at Tyne Bar - August 15.


(Review by Lance).
The sun was shining, the breeze little more than a cooling zephyr, the products of Wylam Brewery were being consumed so enthusiastically that a queue stretching almost to the banks of the Ouseburn was formed.
On stage, the Strictly Smokin' Little Big Soul Band (their chosen name for today according to the set list) were warming up for this, their fourth annual gig in this pleasant outdoor venue, and possibly the first where they elements haven't prevailed.
Michael Lamb gave the down beat and F'reez made an impassioned vocal plea to Let the Good Times Roll and roll they did! The band were in cracking form behind the vocals and Freez himself was on a roll following up with the Stevie Wonder arrangement of Sir DukeLindsay enchanted us, as ever, with That Old Black Magic which had me in her spell before getting her kicks on Route 66.
A Kentonian arrangement of A Foggy Day preceded Lindsay's return for Makin' Whoopee. Down front and on the road the dancers too were makin' whoopee - Lindyhopping, foxtrotting and just generally shaking it about.
A world - well Newcastle - premier of Chris Walden's Film Noir Suite was evocative of just about any noir film you've ever seen and this was but Part One of Three. We eagerly await the rest. Keiran Parnaby's soulful trombone solo stood out here as did a biting alto solo from Dave Kerridge.
Time to rejoin the queue at the bar which, by this time had stretched almost to Gateshead (exaggeration!) Also nice to meet Bob and Sally.
You Snooze You Loose kicked off round two with a bare knuckle slugfest 'twixt Summers and Kerridge who locked horns in a bout that went the distance - honours even. More Parnaby in Frankie, Johnny and a Trombone Guy. F'reez returned for The Way You Look Tonight and Lindsay was Beginning to See the Light. There was more, too much more to list all the highlights but one that did deserve special mention was Sax Alley. Summers switched to tenor for a joust with Toms and Gowland. If you thought the earlier alto workout was something this was the Thriller in Manilla and the Rumble in the Jungle combined.
Breathtaking.
Special mention of Colin Haikney depping on piano, he did the business, as he invariably does, whilst leader Lamb and section mate Tanton had some cracking solos.
Oh yes and guitar bass and drums were right on the money, the latter enhancing his presence with his wry announcements.
As Stan Kenton shouted at the end of his recording of Prologue - "This is an orchestra!"
And so is this!
Catch them again at Hoochie on Sept. 20.
Lance.
Photos.
Michael Lamb (tpt/md); Dave Holman, Dick Stacey, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall (tpt); Keiran Parnaby, Mark Ferris, John Day, David Gray (tmb); Steve Summers (alt/ten/sop), Dave Kerridge (alt); Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Colin Haikney (pno); Pawel Jedrejewski (gtr); Michael Whent (bs); Guy Swinton (dms/compere); Lindsay Hannon, F'reez (vcls).

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