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Bebop Spoken There

Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 2021)

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! --

Postage

13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

International Jazz Day - a virtual triumph

With such an array of talent from 190 countries I found it impossible to do more than offer an overview of this magnificent event or to note all of the names - some of which I couldn't even spell - such is the internationalism of this event!

But this wasn't about individuals it was about the global jazz community and the annual celebration of the music we all love. That the general media seems to have ignored it just brings us closer together and, to be fair, they have a lot of other issues to keep them occupied with!

The roll call was impressive: John Beasley playing Scrapple From the Apple - virtually - with tenor and keys from across the world. Lizz Wright and Kenny Banks Sr.. A clip from Aretha back in 2016. John McLaughlin playing Little Miss Valley. Some amazing bass guitar from Marcus Miller. Dianne Reeves in Istanbul. Cécile singing Leftover. Jane Monheit singing Over the Rainbow - I love Jane - and Charlie Puth's reflective version of Polka Dots and Moonbeams in his bedroom.

We had Esperanza and Stevie Wonder doing Midnight Sun, Lee Ritenour and Joey DeFrancesco in a retro shot with a Russian big band - the pianist reminded me of Dave Kerridge. 

It was great - not just the music - but the feeling of solidarity in the jazz community in these dreadful times. I was out clapping with my neighbours but we should have been able to go back in and watch it on BBC or ITV.
Gregory Porter, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater just a few more of the big hitters past and present to make this such a memorable, and emotional, event.

I'm a sentimental old fool but, as I listened to the music and to the words that so many people spoke, I was so touched as to how this dreadful pandemic has brought us all so, hypothetically speaking, much closer together  than 2 metres apart - not even two  continents apart.

Also, being a global event, it brought home to me how sad it was that we weren't having our own Global event. 
Lance
PS: And, oh yes, Herbie Hancock, we, and by we, I mean the whole jazz world, loves you madly.
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