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Bebop Spoken There

John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 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

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Lockdown Lindsay - May 18

Lindsay Hannon (vocals/ukulele)

Another Monday night blues session by Lindsay who's rapidly becoming the authority on the subject - her and the late Alan Lomax.

Tonight's subject was the Devil which Lindsay seemed to be overly familiar with (joke!) so we heard Mary James' Go Away Devil; Go to Sleep Little Baby - a mix of versions by Harriet McLintock and Bessie Jones - Leadbelly's The Gray Goose and Sonny Boy Williamson's Dealing With the Devil, the latter number accompanying herself on ukulele.


As always, Lindsay introduced each number with historical chapter and verse before giving it her own distinctive take.

Given the subject matter, I assumed that she'd make reference  to Robert Johnson .whom, it is reputed, sold his soul to the Devil at a crossroads in Mississippi. In anticipation, I had a story to tell ...

Well, I'll tell it anyway.

A few years ago I read a crime novel by Ace Atkins - Crossroad Blues. The basic plot was about a blues historian trying to track down some unknown Robert Johnson recordings. After finishing the book, I made a mental note to see if I could find a CD of Johnson.

A few days later, I chanced to be in The Bridges, a shopping mall in Sunderland, where there was a stall selling CDs and, you'll never guess, the very first CD I saw was Robert Johnson's King of the Delta Blues - I think it was the only blues record on the whole stall!

It was uncanny and it made me wonder if he really did sell his soul to the Devil! 

Apologies Lindsay for digressing, you were great as usual and I look forward to next Monday's livestream.
Lance

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