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Bebop Spoken There

Jeremy Pelt: "I'm so much into melodies and into sound, and the presence of sound, that I don't necessarily want to try to play in between the cracks of a note." - (DownBeat November 2020)

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".

Postage

12,000 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1140 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Oct. 27).

Coming soon ...

IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON.

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 29

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity (upstairs). It’s Abbie’s birthday!

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00-10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Monday, September 21, 2020

How was it for you?

Reading Simon Spillett’s self-doubts on Facebook I thought, what wouldn’t I give to have those self-doubts? Thinking about it made me realise that music, and jazz in particular is, like chess, Lord Lucan and Shergar  the ultimate impossible quest. If it wasn’t then we’d all still be playing last year’s greatest hit.

I recall a conversation with the late Bill Shaw, drummer, cartoonist and observer of life saying to me, “If, during the course of your life, you play one gig where, in your mind, it all happened then that makes it all worthwhile”. He went on to say that you may play night after night, get paid and rebooked but only you know if or when you’d hit that special moment.

Bearing in mind that we were both at the bottom end of the totem pole it may seem irrelevant but it would be interesting to hear from other musicians. Is every gig a day at the office or, if not, what makes for that special moment?

Free booze, permissive company or a big fat fee (if only!) don’t count.

So what made your special gig special?

Lance

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