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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Barnes: "Normally you can cobble a set together with five guys on the back of an envelope over the first pint and it's just fine. Livestreaming isn't like that." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

Archive quotes.

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

13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event.

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Pudgy's @ Bix Fest, Racine, Wisconsin - March 12

(Review by Russell)

It's a shack set back off the highway. It's the kinda place where you park the pickup, adjust your baseball cap, wander in, grab a bar stool and order a cold beer. Mid West America, Dullsville, Nowheresville, little happens here, you could be made to feel like Spencer Tracy in Bad Day at Black Rock except on this occasion it would prove to be a Good Night at Pudgy's

A few minutes from Bix Fest's main base off Washington Highway you'll find Pudgy's. Basic, homely, a pool table, tvs showing American sports. Once a year, for a few hours, things change in this joint. Unsuspecting locals break off conversation as a bunch of out-of-town dudes walk through the door brandishing an assortment of hardware...an alto sax, a clarinet, trumpet, banjo, guitar, sousaphone. Bix Fest's annual jam session curtain raiser was about to get under way.

Guys who travel the world performing in prestigious concert halls and at major festivals mix it at Pudgy's with the best of the Illinois/Wisconsin A-listers. Andy Schumm (principally known as a first rate cornet/trumpet player) on clarinet, Dave Bock (trombone, sousaphone) and a host of others sat in and out, in between trips to the bar and socialising with all and sundry a matter of hours ahead of the practice and prospect of 'self-isolation' became the talk of the town. Beer, more beer, jazz 'n' more jazz, gone midnight little did we know the scale of the pandemic/panic daybreak would bring.  
Russell

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