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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! --

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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

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.

Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Zoom book launch: Cormac Loane - Improvising on a Theme. Nov. 18

The launch of Cormac Loane's Improvising on a Theme - The story of the Birmingham Music Service - took the form of a Zoom Meeting. This was a new experience for me and I should have checked out mics cameras etc. However, that was my problem and in no way spoiled what was an interesting experience.

The title says what the book is all about but it doesn't convey the beautiful way Cormac tells it.

When I read it a few weeks back I was amazed how well he brought complete strangers (to me) to life. I felt I knew them. Although, in general, he is kind he still manages to point out a person's shortcomings and yet manages to do it without causing offence - something we try to do on BSH.

Those who were virtually present spoke in congratulatory tones about Cormac and the book. These included Julian Lloyd Webber and Xhosa Cole. Cormac recalled writing an arrangement of Take Five for a 13-year-old alto sax player who showed promise - that was Xhosa!

Xhosa himself spoke about the support he'd received from the music service before going on to play a piece called Reflections. In fairness to Xhosa, his sound system didn't do him any favours. Fortunately, unless the powers that be decree otherwise, Xhosa will be heard at The Globe next month with Francis Tulip and co.

Good to see Peter Volpe zooming in from Paris. He looked good and chatted with Cormac at length at the end of the programme.

The launch opened with some brilliant ethnic percussion from Soha Chisti and later there was some fine classical guitar from David Hyatt.

The show was hosted by Tim Baptiste one of Birmingham's leading brass teachers. Others who spoke in glowing tones of Cormac, the book and the music service, included Linda Rose; Mick Waters and Angela Zienko.

You don't have to live in Birmingham - it's a story that could, or rather should, relate to music services anywhere.

Lance

Improvising on a Theme is available via Waterstones, Amazon or direct from UCL IOE Press. ISBN 978-1-78277-286-6

1 comment :

Russell said...

It sounds like it was a worthwhile experience. And don't forget, Xhosa will be part of Kansas Smitty's session on Friday playing Dizzy's Sonny Side Up.

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