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Bebop Spoken There

Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 2022)

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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! -- Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 22: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 23: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 23: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Born and died this day (Dec. 15)

Further to yesterday's relatively subdued reactions to my Clark Terry centennial posts (thank you Ron Hampton, Tom Henderson, Michael Lamb and Colin Aitchison for your Facebook likes) I delved into some of today's births and deaths although none of them were actual centennials.

Stan Kenton was let loose on this day in 1911 and subsequently went on to lead some of the most exciting big bands in history as well as some of the least. I saw him live on several occasions and was never disappointed. He even named his son after me - or so I like to think! (Lance Kenton b. Jan. 16, 1958).

Gene Quill (1927) first came to my attention blowing alongside fellow alto saxist Phil Woods and later in bands led by, among others, Gerry Mulligan and Buddy Rich (Swingin' New Big Band). I never heard him live and he died on Dec. 8, 1988.

Barry Harris (1929) provided me with a memorable night of jazz piano back in 2013 at Soho's Pizza Express. One of the best concerts I've ever been privileged to attend. I gather he's still active at the age of 91. 

Curtis Fuller (1934) is not only also still playing but was a fast finishing fifth behind Trombone Shorty in this year's DownBeat Readers' Poll. Trombonist on Trane's legendary Blue Train album I was fortunate to hear him at the 1983 North Sea Jazz Festival where he not only played in a Shelly Manne Sextet that included Allan Eager and Mose Allison but also took part in a "Trombone Summit" with Vic Dickenson, Al Grey, Albert Mangelsdorff, Julian Priester and Britt Woodman - a line-up tasty enough to make any trombone player's slide hang out.

Danny Richmond (1935) was, of course, long associated with Mingus and I did see Mingus at Ronnie's but I don't think Danny was on drums. Bobby Jones was on tenor. It was one of those hazy nights we often had in the 1970s...

Eddie Palmieri (1936) is another who's still around and in this year's DownBeat Poll's Keyboard section he came home ninth behind the fancied Herbie Hancock who edged out joint favourite Chick Corea.

There were also a couple who left us on this day. Fats Waller in 1943 aged 39 and Major Glenn Miller who went AWOL in 1944 aged 40.


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