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Bebop Spoken There

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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!"

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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Twistin' the day away...

Weather better than fine, Metro running to timetable, it was a day to while away doing nothing much. A trip to the seaside, an unexpected 'find' and a couple of busking pitches occupied by diverse talents, it was to be an enjoyable day out. 

Tynemouth Station's weekend market was doing good business, traders and customers alike habitually practicing the art of social distancing. One of the market's second hand record stalls attracted a certain type - AOR tour t-shirt-wearing types clutching bundles of vinyl albums. A solitary box marked 'JAZZ/BLUES' simply had to be investigated. Some nice items in the price range of £15 to £30 and something for a fiver...Ray Bryant and his Combo 'Dancing the Big Twist'. Cover in reasonable nick, the LP similarly okay. The line-up included one or two Basie sidemen - Joe Newman, Harry Edison, Buddy Tate plus Ray Barretto and Mickey Roker. A fiver, thank you very much.

Wandering along a socially distanced seafront to Cullercoats, a coffee in Cullercoats Coffee, a peek at a forlorn looking, yet-to-reopen Crescent Club (the twice weekly jazz sessions will resume at some point!), then time to head back into town.

Arriving back at Monument, Newcastle city centre couldn't have been busier, socially distanced, of course. Who's that? A brass funk sound emanated across from Grey's Monument. Ah! That looks like...yes, Tom Dixon blowing tenor, amd that's Ben Fitzgerald on the kit. Tuba? Trumpet? Answers (not on a postcard) to BSH. Up Northumberland Street to Haymarket. We know who that is...Ojay came into view. Playing six-strimg bass, looping sounds, delays, fx, a shop door Covid-compliant supervisor remarked: I could listen to this guy all day. Yeah, nice work if you can get it.
Russell

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