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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)

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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


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: . A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Tue 29: Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Peterlee (1:00pm). Tickets £6.00. + bf from:

Friday, December 11, 2020

Rico's Popup Louis - Dec. 11

Rico Tomasso (cornet, trumpet, vocals); Andrew Oliver (piano)

Chiswick, London, Portland, Oregon this evening. A virtual reunion of Rico Tomasso and Andrew Oliver. First up, a rag, James Scott's Climax Rag. An ocean apart, together in music, Armstrong devotee Tomasso blew both cornet and trumpet, Oliver, piano, stonkingly good piano. Rico's mother was watching, so, being a good boy, our man played Come Back, Sweet Papa (Armstrong's Hot Five) for her, honouring his grand father. Rico noted many familiar names were looking in, some never miss. 
Another classic, one Rico had yet to play on his many lockdown live streams, the first tune he could recall hearing Armstrong play...Basin Street Blues (Rico's first vocal of the evening), Rico announcing he and Andrew would play an early Armstrong version, one which omitted a verse in favour of a more bluesy feel. Another rag...Maple Leaf Rag arranged by our man Stateside.  Now for an uptempo number. Rico needed a moment to get his brain into gear for this one! Phew! Followed by Chicago Breakdown taken at less frantic pace, much to the relief of Rico!  

Rico's Beer of the American IPA. I know, said Rico, turncoat! The beer, Shipyard IPA, readily available in your local supermarket. And so to Barry Harris' I Surrender Dear, Rico on flugelhorn with a vocal chorus for good measure. Finally, Johnny St Cyr's Oriental Strut. It had been another good Popup Louis. 

News flash! Next week Rico will be working with Tom Langham. News flash! Two weeks today Rico will be taking the night off (Christmas Day)...what's the world coming to?!      Russell

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