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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 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.

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13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Honourable Member, Mr Alan Barnes!

Over the years Alan Barnes has played countless gigs across the north east of England. Readers who've heard the hugely popular Barnes in concert will attest to his talents as a stand-up comic. At one such Jazz North East gig at Newcastle's Corner House - was it in the 80s or 90s? - the multi-reedsman was in fine form, musically, of course, but also with a stream of one-liners and tall stories. One gem in particular had the packed function room in stitches long before the punchline...

The set-up, from memory is a little hazy, nevertheless it went something like this: Last week I was on a gig at the Naturist Foundation. I was chatting to a bloke when he said "Have you read Marx?" "Possibly", I replied, "I've been sitting on that park bench over there".
Russell

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