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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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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.

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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.


16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Friday Cornucopia @ Bix Fest, Racine, Wisconsin - March 13

(Review by Russell)

An overnight addition to the hotel lobby...a hand sanitizer (that's sanitizer with a zee, after all, this is the US of A). Things were becoming serious. As Bix Fest's record fayre opened for business at 9:00am it was eerily quiet. 

Dealers had travelled a distance - hundreds, thousands of miles, it's a big country. Every 78 you could ever want to add to your collection was here, every 78 you don't ever want in your collection was here. New-fangled LPs by the pickup truck load, even newer new-fangled CDs by the pickup truck load, reams of sheet music, books, magazines, t-shirts, ephemera, anything and everything broadly covering late nineteenth century popular song through to thirties' swing material was here and, what's more, most items were available for just a few dollars. 

You travel from Newcastle, England to Racine Wisconsin. You rummage, you could buy just about everything but, reluctantly, come to the conclusion that you would exceed your luggage allowance many times over. And then...what's the odds? There they were, not one, not two, but three mint condition LPs recorded by long-time friend of Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party, Mr Keith Nichols, $5 each! One of them a collaboration with the Classic Jazz Party's Claus Jacobi, which one to snap up? Answer: Buy all three! Coals to Newcastle...Oh, yeah, Jerry Walburn's Duke Ellington on Compact Disc AN INDEX AND TEXT OF THE RECORDED WORK OF DUKE ELLINGTON ON COMPACT DISC, AN IN-DEPTH STUDY (Marlor Productions, Hicksville, N.Y., 1983) at $2 couldn't be left behind. It wasn't. 

Rumours began to swirl. The Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band from New Orleans wouldn't be flying in due to Covid-19. Later, the word was Miss Jubilee had pulled out. Wow! This was serious! Thankfully a mid-afternoon lecture by Phil Melick did go ahead. Mr Melick runs Elk City Records out of Charleston, Missouri. His subject? The mellophone. A musician, Melick certainly knows his stuff. It struck your correspondent that our lecturer inhabits a world not dissimilar to that of the British brass band scene - ie we know of it but not about it. Melick's expertise was not in question, musicial illustration accompanied his talk, the mellophone goes way back with recordings and archive photographic material of the instrument's jazz pioneers supporting a most informative presentation.   

A planned 'Rare Films' session failed to materialise as local Wisconsin historian Ron Brosnig was unavailable on the day. Undeterred, organisers of the 31st Tribute to Bix Fest set-up a hot jam session led by Andy Schumm. Sitters-in were many, not least members of Chicago's superb West End Jazz Band (including the excellent trombonist Frank Gualtieri) and trumpeter Peter Ho who later in the festival would lead his Paradise Harmonians Dance Orchestra.

The night was young. From nine o'clock Old Crow Nite (Old Crow is a deadly straight bourbon beloved of Bix Fest's Phil Pospychala) with its Late Nite Record Spinning session entertained 'til gone 4:00am. Bix Fest 2020 was up and running. 


Lance said...

I wonder, did Mr Melick mention that offshoot of the mellophone - the mellophonium? The Kenton band had a whole section of them at one time although possibly mentioning Kenton at a Bix festival would be probably be considered heresy.
I bet he mentioned Dudley Fosdick.

Russell said...

Fosdick, yes, Kenton, are you kidding? You're correspondent spent the weekend handing out BSH cards saying: Don't be put off by the word 'bebop' - it's an award-winning blog!

Patti said...

Pardon me for being a tad pedantic - but Russell's comment should read 'Your correspondent .....' without the apostrophe! Plus, I've always liked that Fosdick surname - an interesting one indeed! He was such a versatile musician too.

Russell said...

Arrrgh! A rogue apostrophe - my middle name is Pedant! I can explain, Yer Honour...incompetence and the effects of jet-lag.

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