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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 2021

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

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

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).

Friday, December 21, 2018

EXCLUSIVE! Coming shortly (later today) Scott Black's memories of Jimmy McPartland

Many of our readers will be familiar with the writings on Facebook of  Scott Black, an American trumpet/cornet player now living in Hong Kong and a regular at Ned Kelly's Last Stand as well as being a friend of Colin Aitchison. 

Scott's 2016 report on Franco Valussi's birthday is without a doubt the most humourous article ever to appear on BSH.

Reading Paul de Barros' biography of Marion McPartland - Shall We Play That One Together? - Scott's name came up as a friend of her husband Jimmy. Jimmy McPartland, the legendary Chicago cornet player that is. I immediately messaged Scott on Facebook humbly suggesting he may care to send me his memories of Jimmy.
I anticipated a couple of sentences maybe even paragraphs - not so - what arrived was only a few words short of War and Peace! Upon reading it I realised that not even one word could be edited out - I now know how they felt when they discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls except this writing is very much alive and of today. The only solution was to post it in installments and the post which will follow shortly is the first one.
Lance. 
PS: Remember, the next time you shake hands with me you're shaking the hand that shook the hand of Colin Aitchison who shook the hand of Scott Black who shook the hand of Jimmy McPartland who shook the hand of Bix Beiderbecke...

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