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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Barnes: "Normally you can cobble a set together with five guys on the back of an envelope over the first pint and it's just fine. Livestreaming isn't like that." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

Archive quotes.

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.


13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On


Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Alec Harper Quartet livestreaming from Kansas Smitty's - Dec. 11

Alec Harper (tenor sax); Will Barry (piano); Will Sach (bass); Will Cleasby (drums).

(Screenshot by Russell)

Given the number of times these guys clock-in at Smitty's you could be excused for thinking It would be just another day at the office for them. 

As if!

This was yet another outstanding gig. I don't think tonight was themed unless the theme was how to kick a non A-list tenor player's butt back into the woodshed! Harper did all that whilst, at the same time, causing me to wonder why I haven't got a shelf full of his albums!

I didn't catch all the titles - I was busy juggling several posts and streams and CDs whilst thinking what to write about a book I'm currently reading and enjoying immensely...

A couple of Trane's for starters - Impressions, Big Nick and possibly a third which I recognised but didn't identify (and nor did Alec). Autumn in New York proved that the tenor-man had a mellow side to him before putting the boot in again  on Herbie's One Finger Snap.

Needless to say the three Wills were wonderful. Piano perfect, bass beautiful and drums dynamic!                                    Lance

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