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Bebop Spoken There

Joe Farnsworth: "I have to say that jazz in New York will never die. It may seem like all the music happened 3,000 years ago, but, Charlie Parker, Billy Higgins, Max Roach and all the others are still here. You can feel their presence."- (DownBeat, January 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! --

Postage

13862 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 81 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public) .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). CANCELLED!
Wed 26: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm .
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 27: Tobias Sarra & John Garner @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm .
Thu 27: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 27: Knats’ Night: Knats + Swannek @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

February 2022

Tue 01: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public).

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Preview: Southport Jazz Festival @ Royal Clifton Hotel - February 2 - 5, 2017.

(Preview by Steve T).
This is an annual event in Count [Tony] Eales calendar, which should be recommendation enough in itself. I've almost made it a few times and even had tickets for Jean Toussaint doing Trane a couple of years back, but something came up. No chance of missing this one; there's plenty for everyone and some specific stuff of real interest to me.
The Weave start things off on Thursday evening; a Liverpool sextet - two trumpets, guitar, and rhythm section.
The Jam Experiment (sax, trombone, guitar and rhythm) kick off Friday, followed by the Swingtime Big Band with Emma Holcroft and Clare Teal, which, unsurprisingly has sold out, but the day ends with another big attraction in the shape of Trichotomy, Australia’s own forward-thinking, experimental piano trio who've achieved wide acclaim.
The sax, organ, drums trio of Seamus Blake starts things off on Saturday morning, featuring the omnipresent (and brilliant) Ross Stanley and James Maddren respectively.
This is followed by a highly intriguing proposition: Jeremy Price (bone), Andy Panayi (sax) and Jez Franks (guitar). 
The Train and the River is most famous for featuring on the film of the Newport Jazz Festival of 58. In the liner notes to an album by original artists Brookmeyer, Giuffre and Hall, Roy Carr observes it should have been a recipe for disaster but wasn't, and I'm really excited to hear what these three Birmingham Conservatoire heavyweights will bring to it.    
There's another major British Jazz vocalist in Liane Carroll, for anyone unlucky enough to have missed tickets for the Swingtime Big Band, followed by a standard sax quartet, a recipe for superlatives, and a late bash with another quartet, this time fronted by trumpet and guitar, which sounds equally mouth-watering.
Sunday starts with singer Ben Cox and his band, including rising bass star Flo Moore. This is followed by more from Birmingham Conservatoire and this time their Ellington Orchestra, with special interest to me as a massive Duke fan and because number one son has depped at a rehearsal.
Alan Barnes is guaranteed to be a highlight of any festival and here he's again joined by his sublime all-star octet who lit up the whole of the North East from Ushaw College at Christmas.
Closing the festival is the Dixon, Walker, Chisnall Quintet (sax, guitar, piano)  and, while it's perhaps unfair to single out one, I have a bit of an interest in the guitar and consider Mike Walker one of the greatest guitarists anywhere right now, with an influence on every emerging UK Jazz guitarist, whether they realise it or not.
With apologies for the length of this preview, I feel it's justified by the inordinate quality of the line-up, which any Jazz Festival in any major city would be justifiably proud of.
Tickets for weekend, day or individual sessions are available from: 
www.southportjazzfestival.com or by phoning 07759 994800.
Steve T.

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