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Branford Marsalis: "As ignorance often forces us to do, you make a generalisation about a musician based on one specific record or one moment in time." - (Jazzwise June 2023).

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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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


15478 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 499 of them this year alone and, so far, 120 this month (May 27).

From This Moment On ...

May 2023

Wed 31: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 31: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 31: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 31: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 01: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Donations.
Thu 01: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Thu 01: Jake Leg Jug Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Claire Martin & Her Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. £25.00., £20.00. Feat. Jim Mullen, Alex Garnett & Jeremy Brown.
Fri 02: Guy Davis + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. Doors 7:30pm. Blues double bill.
Fri 02: Anders Ingram @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club. Country blues. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sat 03: Newcastle Record Fair @ Northumbria University, Newcastle NE8 8SB. 10:00am-3:00pm. Admission: £2.00.
Sat 03: Pedigree Jazz Band @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Sue Ferris. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.
Sat 03: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 04: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 04: Central Bar Quintet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. £5.00. The Central Bar Quintet plays Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus. Featuring Lewis Watson.
Sun 04: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Struggle Buggy + Michael Littlefield @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Acoustic blues.
Sun 04: Swinging at the Cotton Club: Harry Strutters' Hot Rhythm Orchestra @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Richard Jones Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 06: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums).

Monday, December 14, 2020

Remembering Clark Terry.

1958. Odeon Cinema, Newcastle: Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra.

The first time I'd heard the Ellington band live and the first time I'd heard Clark, What a band and what a trumpet section! Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker and Ray Nance. I don't think Duke ever had a better one.

1973. San Sebastian Jazz Festival: Clark Terry and his Orchestra.

An open air concert in Plaza de la Trinidad. It was raining. The band was enclosed and the famous French jazz critic Hugues Panassié was sipping an aperitif protected from the rain by a huge umbrella - I wasn't! Did the rain spoil the concert for me? No way, I simply ensured that I was as wet on the inside as I was on the outside with the aid of liberal doses of cuba-libra. 

This was one of the best big bands I've ever heard or seen. Alongside Clark in the trumpet section was another great trumpet player, Richard Williams. The saxes included Jimmy Heath, Ernie Wilkins, Arnie Lawrence and Chris Woods. Jimmy Willkins and Richard Boone were among the bones whilst piano, bass and drums were Horace Parlan, Eddie Jones and Grady Tate. I was on a high and the white rum only partly contributed to it.

1983. North Sea Jazz Festival. The Clark Terry Octet

Clark was a regular at the Dutch festival which was, back then, held in Den Haag. This particular year he was with a mix of Dutch and American musicians (see photo)  - Ray Bryant (piano); Clark Terry (flugel); Major Holley (bass); Piet Noordyk (alto sax); Ferdinand Povel (tenor sax); Harry Edison (trumpet); Al Grey (trombone), Gus Johnson (drums).

A lot of big hitters there but, amazingly, apart from Clark, the one who really set it alight was hometown boy Noordyk - one of the best alto players I've ever heard!

That, I think was the last time I heard Clark Terry live. Fortunately, made a lot of fine records before he left us in 2015 at the age of 94 although, to be honest, I never quite got away with his Mumbles recordings but that was the only time.

Apart from the Ellington's, there's an Emarcy album, Jam Session, where he locks horns with Clifford Brown and Maynard Ferguson and doesn't settle for third place. His Don't Worry 'Bout Me on the ballad medley is pure magic.

May he still be remembered in another hundred years time and every day in between ...


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