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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.

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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