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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)

Archive quotes.

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

The World is our oyster

There haven't been many good things to come out of Covid-19 from a jazz point of view. Venues closed, no gigs and, if you're sentenced to Tier 3 which is, in military terms, confined to barracks, the run up to Christmas is less than festive.

Fortunately, the advent of the live stream and the podcast has meant that music of all genres is spreading across the planet faster than the pandemic itself. For a modest sum or a donation you can stream Sunday night sessions from the Globe in Newcastle, Kansas Smitty's, Ronnie's, the 606 and elsewhere in London as well as many others in between. If you're prepared to burn the midnight oil well past the bewitching hour, top American names can be streamed from New York and Chicago to LA and beyond.

In normal times, a recent email from Simon Thorpe would perhaps not have immediately caught my attention, fine musician that he is. Hexagonal, the band with whom he plays bass had a tour arranged by Jazz South as well as a piece commissioned by Jazz South and composed by the band's tenor player Greg Heath. Noted jazz writer Kevin Le Gendre (Jazzwise, BBC Radio etc.) talks to Heath about the recording along with several other Jazz South bands in a series of podcasts that can be heard here

Well worth a listen.                                                                      Lance

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