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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.
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Postage

14743 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1362 of them this year alone and, so far, 78 this month (Nov. 24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Sun 28 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 28: Alex Ord & Jude Murphy @ St Edmund's Church, Sedgefield. 3:00pm. Ord (piano), Murphy (bass).
Sun 28: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 29: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

December

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. Doors: 6:30pm. 1st night.
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00-9:30pm. In the bar.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Tom Ollendorff @ Café Cathedral, Owengate, Durham. 8:00pm. £5.00. A Durham Jazz Soc. event.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Thu 02: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. Doors: 6:30pm. 2nd night.
Thu 02: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for SVP. Tickets: £5.00. from 07757 062798.
Thu 02: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 03: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Saltburn Community Theatre. 7:30pm.

Sat 04: Play Jazz! Workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Clark Tracey. £25.00., book at: www.jazz.coop. .
Sat 04: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert’s, Hebron, nr. Morpeth. 7:30pm. Festive Special! SOLD OUT!.
Sat 04: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm. £5.00..
Sat 04: Clark Tracey Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £15.00. .
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon, North Tyneside. 8:00pm. £3.00. Xmas party.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 05: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 05: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 05: Glenn Miller Orchestra UK @ Stockton Globe. 3:00pm. Ray McVay & co.
Sun 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 7:00pm.
Sun 05: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, July 09, 2020

To 33 or not to 33? That is the question

The April edition of JazzTimes which I've belatedly got around to reading cover to cover rather the peripheral glance I initially gave it includes an interesting article on the pros and cons of digital v analogue/CD v LP etc. which I know some of our contributors feel strongly about.

This got me to thinking about where I stood in this debate and, to tell you the truth, I don't know!


When I first started listening to music it was via 78rpm single shellac records on a wind-up gramophone. There was lots of surface noise and, as I'd frequently bought them second hand, often much worse! But, did this deter me from the enjoyment? It didn't, I knew no different. Likewise, I'd also listen to jazz on the radio via some obscure continental station or the American Forces Network (AFN) station broadcast from Munich. Again, against all odds and despite the atmospherics, the music shone through.

I remember reading a novel, I can't remember the author - it may have been Peter de Polnay but probably wasn't. In the book, a couple are listening to a very average performance by, I'm guessing, an out of tune violinist playing a well-known concerto. The woman says, "Isn't that dreadful?" To which the man replies, "No, irrespective of the performance, I only hear what it should sound like." Those may not have been the exact words but I can relate them to the present day.

When stereo came along, I recall a salesman coming into the music shop where I worked with a demo record in which a bowling ball could be heard rolling from one side of the room to the other. We all gasped in awe although, with the odd exception, when applied to music I remained quite happy with mono recordings.

I was also quite happy with LPs until CDs came along and, suddenly, the long player with its beautiful artwork and easy to read sleeve notes became passé - file alongside piano rolls and cylinders.

The way things are going, CDs will soon be joining them as streaming and downloading become the norm. And yet, we now hear that cassette tapes are making a comeback and a recent Lockjaw and Johnny Griffin recording has been dished up on reel to reel so who knows?

Let's hear your views.
Lance

1 comment :

Ann Alex said...

I'm all for CDs for most listening as I sometimes can't manage streaming, but each mode has good points. You can pinpoint the exact place to replay something on an old fashioned cassette but you have to go to the whole track on a CD. Vinyl is somehow more 'immediate' and the artwork is appealing. I can understand people hearing music 'as it should be' on an imperfect recording. After all, how did Beethoven compose after he became deaf? He must have heard the music in his head.

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