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Bebop Spoken There

Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 2021)

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! --

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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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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