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Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Wed 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 21: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 21: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 22: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Remi Coulthard-Boardman (voice).
Thu 22: Crooners @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. £30.00., £27.00., £24.00., £18.00.
Thu 22: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar,
Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 22: Soznak @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 22: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass).
Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Carlisle Jazz Club (Carlisle Rugby Club), Warwick Road, Carlisle CA1 1LW. 8.30pm. £10.

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Album playback: Money Jungle @ Kansas Smitty's - Nov. 18

Joe Webb (piano); Will Sach (bass); Jas Kayser (drums)

A great session  tempered not just with a note of sadness but with a ten fingered chord of sadness. The sadness being that Kansas Smitty's legendary bar in Broadway Market will not reopen - the pandemic has made it no longer viable to reopen if and when anybody is allowed to reopen. Smitty's, I fear, is only the tip of the coolberg.

A brave face was put on when they announced this development, stressing that the live streams would continue 5 nights a week. This is of course good news in one sense but apart from when rain stops play - and it has to be practically a monsoon to stop your dedicated jazzer getting to a gig - there's nothing that compares with sitting/standing in a club, digging the music, nursing a glass or a bottle and making new friends.

I know that on YouTube and Facebook you can have chats, post emojis, buy your booze from the supermarket or boil the kettle but that isn't the jazz life.

This has been particularly sad for me. Smitty's has long been on my bucket list for when I next visit London but - which venue will be next?

Sorry, I've rambled on a bit without mentioning the music!

Money Jungle was possibly one of the most adventurous recordings of Duke's career. Pairing him with Max Roach and Charles Mingus on paper seemed like putting two dogs and a cat - or vice-versa - in the one room and, as such, divided the jazz community at the time (1962). Miles famously said, "Duke couldn't play with Max and Mingus and they couldn't play with him!" Even Hughie Aitchison who was an out and out Ellington completest hesitated before buying this one.

And it's true that Ellington was pushed far beyond where he'd ever been but, unlike BG when he tried to play bop, Duke came through with flying colours - as did tonight's trio.

Joe Webb's versatility is amazing for such a young player he seems to be able to cover most styles. They couldn't have press-ganged anyone better. Sachs had the easy job - he just had to cover Mingus' role. No pressure there then! Jay Kayser is a relatively new name to me, in fact I've only just picked up on her over the last few weeks - what a star!

An evening to remember for all the right and the wrong reasons.

Lance

Fleurette Africaine; Very Special; Warm Valley; Wig Wise; Caravan; Solitude; Switchblade; ? - Jas didn't announce the last number hence the question mark.

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