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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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

16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Monday, October 21, 2019

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - October 21


It's a Sin to Tell a Lie, so said Herbie Hudson as he ushered in this week's Jazz in the Afternoon session. Sitters-in were in early waiting to be called, not least Doris Fenn and Brian Lynham. Ain't Misbehavin' sang HH before the first of them, Mr Lynham, harp in hand, sang Sonny Boy's Mighty Long Time to Dave Percy's bass accompaniment. Messrs Brian Chester and Ollie Rillands joined the party on an instrumental Stormy Weather. Lynham would return later in the afternoon.

HH shimmied like his sister - what's her name? - before paddling lazily up a river to rendezvous with a certain Sweet Georgia Brown. Right, time for Mr J Broddle. From Sweet Georgia Brown to a swinging Sweet Sue JB charmed the birds from on high. 

Interval - a trip to the bar for a second pint of Toon Broon (Blaydon's Firebrick Brewery). Raffle tickets at the ready...


Stalwart Teresa Armstrong put in an appearance ahead of her mid-week film premiere engagement. Sammy Fain's That Old Feeling, a measured Red Sails in the Sunset and a jaunty Ces't Magnifique were TA's three tunes this week. She'll be back next week regaling all and sundry about her red carpet adventure. 

Miles 'Indiana' Watson sang and bugled The Birth of the Blues with D Fenn to his left knocking out the chords ably supported by the house band of Hudson, Brian Chester, keyboards, Dave Percy, bass and the old rock 'n' roller himself, Ollie Rillands, drums. Bye Bye Blackbird heard more from Watson with a Fenn solo thrown in for good measure. 

And so he returned - Mr No Time For Jive, Brian Lynham - on the last train to Cullercoats. Pistons turning, stoker Lynham worked up a sweat before putting in a shift with Watson down at St James' Infirmary. Ah, wait...that's an inspired B Chester cranking it up a la Alan Price at the B3! 

As three o'clock approached drummer Rillands squeezed in his not-to-be-missed 'quiff and drapes' medley. He had the band's many veteran followers up doing their thing...after a while they sat back down, jiggered. And that was just about it. Herbie Hudson thanked one and all, see you next time. 
Russell
Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Brian Chester (keyboards); Dave Percy (bass); Ollie Rillands (drums, vocals) + Brian Lynham (harmonica, vocals); John Broddle (vocals); Teresa Armstrong (vocals); Miles Watson (trumpet, vocals); Doris Fenn (banjo)

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