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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!"


15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???


Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: TBA @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

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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