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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

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

RIP Stan Robinson (1936 - 2017)

Regrettably, I don't think I ever heard Stan Robinson either live or on record. Although, such was his reputation as a tenor, soprano, flute and clarinet player, I surely must have done. Robinson, who died on April 9, played in a host of top bands both big and small and it is inconceivable that our paths didn't cross somewhere along the line.
Those bands included Maynard Ferguson, Tubby Hayes Big Band, Alan Ganley/Keith Christie Jazzmakers, Bert Courtley and many others most of whom I've seen at one time or another - maybe I was in the right place at the wrong time or vice versa.

So, although unable to quote a personal memory I will, nevertheless, bemoan the passing of a British jazzman who certainly deserved recognition beyond his peers.
Read the warm obituary on LondonJazzNews.
Stan Robinson died 5 days short of his 81st birthday. May he rest in peace.
Lance.
PS: There's a clip on the London site of Stan Robinson playing alongside Frank Holder at the latter's 91st birthday party which reveals him to be a very gutsy player. I must have him on an album somewhere - the search begins...

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Stan.
A really good musician and nice guy. I had a lesson with him....late '60's. I didn't know him, or anything about him at that time. Don Rendell had told me to call him. The lesson lasted about two hours and when I asked how much I owed him, he replied "would a pound be alright?" I didn't see him for about five years after that until he was playing at the Torrington Jazz club in Finchley, North London. He saw me and he said (like I'd just seen him yesterday) "Hello John, how's it going?"
You're going to be missed, Stan.

john said...

I lived next door to stan in the 90s what a guy great friend great sax player with a heart of gold rip mate

Unknown said...

I first heard Stan at the 606 club on Kings road in the early ‘80’s, on my first visit to London. I absolutely loved his playing, such a beautiful angular and pure approach, I met him booked my first lesson with him that evening. Over the years we became great friends, and when touring thru London years later to work at Ronnie’s, I always called Stan in advance and try to book him for more of his time for a lesson. I always had to talk him into it!
Well the word got around and soon Stan had a few saxophone player colleagues of mine from Vancouver BC Canada studying with him. We all loved him. Stan was a musicians musician, well known through reputation in jazz circles globally. Later on when studying with George Coleman in New York, I happen to mention Stan to George and George expressed being a big admirer of his playing.
No surprise that Stan was also a great story teller. He called me one day years ago to tell me about a lesson he had just taught. He had received a phone call from a woman who was a saxophone player who was interested in a lesson, citing that she had been a fan of his for years. So she booked a time with Stan. The day of, Stan was watching for her out the window of his apartment building and saw a convertible
Jaguar approaching with a woman he described as being the real life version of Jessica Rabbit behind the wheel. She pulls up in front of his building, grabs her alto from the passenger seat and buzzes Stans intercom. She comes up to his flat, Stan lets her in and they make some small talk before Stan out of sheer curiosity asks for you mind me asking, what do you do for a living?’ She says ‘I’m a saxophone player’
Stan says ‘well you obviously do very well! how can I be of any service?’ She says ‘well I’ve always had a question about the instrument and I’m wondering what this key does’ as she points to her octave key. Stan says ‘that’s your octave key, didn’t you tell me you were a professional saxophone player?!’ She replied yes. Stan then asks ‘do you mind me asking then what type of gigs do you do??’
She replies ‘I work in elite bars throughout Germany, I walk topless on the bars at last call playing my saxophone’

R.I.P. Stan

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