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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Holland: "Back then, one of my first gigs was with Wally Fawkes and Johnny Parker at the Crown and Anchor in Islington, playing music that went back to the days of King Oliver. And I've always enjoyed the joyousness of that music, and the sound of everybody fitting together beautifully, improvising together." - Jazzwise, August 2021.

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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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13,490 (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

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

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

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

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Sunday, August 23, 2020

After all these years the Maltese Falcon finally turns up in Newcastle...

Sam Spade: Is that Russell? 
RussellYeah, speaking.
Sam Spade: Listen, I know it's raining but I need to see you. I'll be at Prohibition Bar. Meet me at three o'clock.
Russell: Okay, but what's it about?
Sam Spade: I can't tell you now, but Gutman will be there and Cairo. Oh, yeah, Miss O'Shaughnessy will meet us there.
Russell: Okay, three o'clock.

Newcastle's Prohibition Bar opened its doors on Sunday afternoon and who should be there but Sam Spade with a bunch of shady looking characters. Sam's an old hand at this game so there were no worries that he could look after himself. 

Cairo didn't impress Sam, even when waving a loaded gun in his direction. As for Gutman's henchman Wilmer, Sam first riled the knucklehead then dealt him a knockout blow. Miss O'Shaughnessy figured she could get round Sam using her feminine charms. Ha! Sam was having none of it! If the 'black bird' was so important to these two-bit losers - killing to get there hands on it - Sam reckoned he could be in for a piece of the action himself. As dime novel private investigators invariably do, Sam Spade emerged unscathed from a rollicking good yarn. It was nice to meet up with you once again, Sam.      
Russell

1 comment :

Lance said...

Well done Mitch! It's good to have the tradition of Sunday afternoon films back. I remember, back in the good old Crombie days, Keith would often show a movie if no one turned up for the jam session. The Maltese Falcon may have been one of them - it was his kind of picture.

Love the line by Bogie - "The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter." If Hammett hadn't wrote it first then Crombie would have!

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