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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Fishwick: “I can’t get behind the attitude that new is always somehow better than old”. (Jazz Journal, April 15, 2019).

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, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...

June

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Monday, May 27, 2019

Gavin Lee: Remembering Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band @ Shotton Colliery Officials Club - May 26

Gavin Lee (clarinet, alto sax); Alf Langthorne (keyboards); Les Crosby (drums)
(Review by Russell)

The other day Shotton Colliery lad Gavin Lee found in the loft an old bass drum that he used to play as a member of the late Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band. This stirred Lee into thinking perhaps it was about time he played a gig on home turf. By accident or design, the gig would follow on from Sunderland's big day out at Wembley - it would take the form of a celebration or a wake...

The television set switched off with tears not yet dry, Lee opened the first of two sets with Who's Sorry Now? Wry smiles all round, there's always next season to look forward to. The amiable Lee set about cheering up his marras, seemingly just about everyone in a packed Officials Club appeared to know the New Century Ragtime Orchestra's reedsman. Here's one from the hit parade, quipped Lee...from the 30s, All of Me
Lee's 'marras' on this Sunday afternoon gig were veteran pianist Alf Langthorne and Soul Rebels' drummer Les Crosby. Georgia nice and mellow with Lee on alto, our bandleader moved on swiftly with one of trombonist Reg Wall's favourite tunes, the up-tempo Night Train - feet tapping, life wasn't so bad after all, SAFC will come again. It Had to be You with Lee back on the liquorice stick closed an enjoyable first set.

Time for another bottle of Brown. A bit crack with local lass Emma Fisk and a local poet who knows his Dankworth from his Tubbs, the Officials Club, with its top of the range snooker table, couldn't have been more welcoming, not least with a post-match 'spread' laid on for one and all. 

Second set, Lee contended It's a Sin to Tell a Lie...perhaps. It can't have happened too many times when Pete Fountain gets a mention on a Sunday afternoon in yer local social club. Good on Lee to remember his fellow clarinetist by playing Midnight Boogie which prompted a club old-timer to stomp away to his heart's content! The popular Lee acceded to a request for the even more popular Stranger on the Shore. A nod, a wink, this is what the people voted for! Our trio kept the audience onside with a mention of Patsy Cline - little did the crowded room know Lee was coming from the Dukes of Dixieland rather than the one-time country and western megastar. 

If I Had You ventured Lee, his bandmates Langthorne and Crosby more than happy to oblige as a marra enquired of Lee: Gavin, do ye play the moothie? Moving swiftly on the main man suggested Shine - a good choice. As Lee wound up the set he once more introduced Messrs Langthorne and Crosby, suggesting if a representative of HMRC was in the house, his name was Engelbert Stinklebum. And on that note this Reg Wall-inspired gig went out on Bye Bye Blues. Such was the applause Stinklebum and co played another one - Some of These Days. One of these days SAFC will do it, now that will be some party!   
Russell       

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