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Jim Keltner: “I was snatched right out of the jazz world. I shouldn't say snatched, I went willingly, I ran. From $85 a week to $250 a week, that gets your attention." - (JazzTimes, September 2021)

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! --


13,715 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1132 of them this year alone and, so far, 76 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Perdido Street Jazzmen (with Frank Brooker reeds, Eugene Farrar trombone, Brian Bennett banjo & Phil Rutherford sousaphone) @ Darlington Market Square, Darlington. 11:00am.
Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Silent Music Seeing Sound + Spinningwork @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music (NFOJIM).
Sat 25: Knats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm.
Sun 26: Sax Appeal @ The Blue Bell, Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA. 4:30pm. Free. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: Mainly Two @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 30: Shiver + Run Logan Run @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Thu 30: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

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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