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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.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Maurice J.Summerfield remembers Julian Bream (July 15, 1933 - August 14, 2020)

I first saw Julian Bream in concert at the City Hall in Newcastle in 1956.  I was studying jazz guitar with the late Charlie Smith in Newcastle. I was immediately  enchanted by the musical virtuosity of Julian Bream.  As a result I developed a life long love of the classical guitar and its repertoire.  Bream's tone, rhythmic  timing and overall brilliant musicality, I am sure, were coloured by his love of jazz.   His father, an artist and amateur jazz guitarist,  encouraged his son  to listen to Django Reinhardt and other jazz guitarists.   During his National Service Bream played an archtop guitar in the  Army dance band.

In 1956/57 I used to go to London to study with Ivor Mairants at his Central School of Dance Music.  I was fascinated to see on the school's teaching staff, amongst others, Bert Weedon, my old friend Ike Isaacs and Julian Bream.

I first spoke to Julian Bream, on the phone,  in 1974.  He was making a television programme for the BBC - 'The Five Faces of the Guitar' - and he wanted to contact  Barney Kessel to be the jazz guitarist on the programme.  In addition the programme featured Paco Pena (Flamenco), John Renbourn (Folk), Jeff Beck (Rock) with himself on classical guitar.  I was able to put him touch with Barney who did take part  in this programme.

In September 1982 my publishing company (Ashley Mark) began to publish the monthly magazine 'Classical Guitar'.  I was the managing editor of this magazine for almost 32 years until I sold the magazine in 2014 to String Letter Publishing in the USA.  Julian was was the first cover artist of the magazine and the last cover artist of the UK edition.  This fact reflected my admiration for this unique artist.  

Over the 32 years I was in regular contact with Julian by letter and by phone.  He also invited me to visit him in his beautiful country home in 1985 in  Semley, Dorset.  A memorable day (see photo).

I was pleased to be able publish the biography - 'The Art of Julian Bream' by Graham Wade (Ashley Mark 2008).  Although unauthorised, the author Graham Wade gave Julian a copy who confirmed that he was pleased with it.

The world of music has lost a rare genius.  However we are fortunate to have a very large number of his wonderful recordings  so that his legendary unique musical talent can continue to enchant this generation and future generations.

Maurice J. Summerfield

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