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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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

15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...

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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

NJF 2020: Lloyd Wright & Paul Booth - August 15

Today we should have been at a sold out Tyne Bank Brewery for day three of this year's Newcastle Jazz Festival. Sadly, the little matter of Covid-19 put paid to that! At the time of writing - approaching four in the afternoon - your scribe would have been about to sup pint number four, but, there's always next year. But wait! There is a festival of sorts today, albeit a one day online event. 

At precisely two o'clock Michael Lamb appeared on screen to introduce today's participants. First up, Lloyd Wright. Guitarist Lloyd, self-effacing as always, ran through a half hour set of choice standards. Sitting comfortably, Lloyd confided this was a first for him...playing a gig with no shoes on! Our man soon had us dancing Cheek to Cheek. Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely? counted as a standard, so said Lloyd. Yeah, just about. Throughout, our man remained seated as he opted to use, sparingly, it should be said, his own rhythmic accompaniment tracks. There'll Never be Another You is good jam session fayre and it stood Lloyd in good stead as he looked into an unresponsive camera lens. Rest assured Lloyd we were on the other end applauding!

To close out his set Lloyd thanked a former guitar tutor - none other than Gary Dunn - for introducing him to Ike Isaac's St Anne's Court. This was a good choice, bluesy 'n' all. A good set.

Following Lloyd, long-time exiled north easterner, Mr Paul Booth similarly opted to play a set of standards. Tenor sax for the most part, with a couple of tunes on soprano, PB gave us  a reminder, as if it was necessary, that he has been A-list material since his teens. Now, some twenty five years on, there's none better. From Secret Love to Tenor Madness this was great tenor playing. As with Lloyd, Paul chose to use a loop pedal on one or two of his selections - either a saxophone line or hand clap. A double helping of soul - Body and Soul and Better Git it in Your Soul - demonstrated our man's versatility. Oh, yes...Paul, as is his want, blew some mini-sized digeridoo. 

A one hour break followed. At four o'clock Alyn Shipton is to chair a panel discussion on jazz in lockdown and the future of the music. Alyn's guests will be Paul Edis, Jo Harrop and Dennis Rollins.   
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