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Bebop Spoken There

Jack Teagarden: "I never did like anything Ellington ever did. He never had a band all in tune, always had a bad tone quality and bad blend" - Metronome, April 1947.

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

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A couple of Facebook faces - Scott Black & Simon Spillett

Not everyone is on Facebook. To not be part of the global monster is like having a black and white tele or even having no tele at all. However, despite all the vitriol, the fake news, the "If I was in charge ..." outpourings of tortured souls and lunatics there are also sensible and perceptive posts.

Scott Black's tales of life in Hong Kong as an expatriate American cornet player are like an updated, relocated, version of Eddie Condon's "We Called it Music" - the first great jazz autobiography. Many of Scott's tales have been Kindled - I look forward to the paperback version (Luddite that I am).


Moving closer to home, Simon Spillett's posts are equally compelling. Coincidentally, both lost their fathers recently and it shows in their posts. Simon, apart from being at the forefront of UK tenor playing, is also a very literate person as his Tubby Hayes' biography - The Long Shadow of the Little Giant - shows.

On F/b Simon bares it all, the doubts, the self criticism, the could have done better ...

We sympathise, who hasn't had those thoughts? Probably God? - particularly God! - it's something everyone must go through at sometime  or other whether they be a politician or a jazz musician.

Who am I to say  that Simon's doubts are unfounded? A million tenor players would die to have those self-doubts!

It was probably similar self-doubts that led Sonny Rollins to the Williamsburg Bridge. All I can say to Simon is, be true to thyself - not many musicians are but I suspect you are one of them.
Lance.

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