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Bebop Spoken There

Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019)..

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!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

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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