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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.
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13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

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.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Jimmy Giuffre Playback @ Kansas Smitty's - Nov. 14

Giacomo Smith (clarinet); Kit Downes (piano); Will Sach (bass). (Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)

Anyone expecting a rerun of Jimmy Giuffre's famous Train and the River album were in for a shock - at least until the end! Prior to that number the emphasis had been on his later work with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow which was much more contemporary albeit no less intriguing particularly as much of the writing was by Bley's then wife, Carla Bley.

Thesis and Fusion provided most of the material and, at times, it challenged Archipelago without going quite that far out! 

Before the final Train and the River there was also a take on what I think was Gordon Jenkins' Goodbye.

Amazing how versatile these three guys are! They are so typical of today's musicians. They obviously have their preferred genres but can adapt to most things in or out of their particular box. For example, getting back to Archipelego, John Pope is at home on either electric or double bass and Faye can hold her own at a jam.

There's too much going on! Listened to a knockout session by Jay Phelps, 7:41 minutes of Jazz Plus Ensemble, and now Bill Lawrence is playing the most beautiful piano and Daphne is crying for her supper and cats gets preference over puppies - even Snarky Puppies! I guess I need either more people or less cats to cover extravaganzas such as this!*

Tomorrow, I return to Newcastle on gossamer wings for the Dean Stockdale Trio at The Globe.

Lance

* Don't worry Daphne, you're safe!

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