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Charlotte Keefe: "I don't know what I'm going to play any more than you [the audience] do." - (Jazz North East/Jazz Co-op gig June 13, 2021)

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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.

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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Saturday, January 16, 2021

A Wake-up Call for Bop Van Winkle

Jazz? Love it man! I really dig the jive. Now that I’ve woken up after my big sleep, boy that Brown Ale sure has a kick, I can’t wait to have a shave and get down to the New Orleans Club and hear Ronnie McLean and the Panama Jazzmen. That guy sure plays a mean trombone.

You’re telling me Ronnie’s gone – Gone where? Touring again with Disley and Hastings? Up there? Man, it just shows you that only the good die young although I guess they made an exception in Ronnie’s case. And now you’re telling me the club’s been turned into an Indian Restaurant. Is nothing sacred?

Well, I haven’t got eyes for a Vindaloo so I’ll head across town to The Downbeat for the all-nighter. My old buddy Crombie will be on the door, he’ll let me in. That Emcee Five plays my kind of bebop – Hey-ba-ba-re-bop!

The Downbeat’s no more? Crombie’s dead and so are the brothers Carr?

Newcastle’s finished! I’m gonna jump on the good old steam train and take me, my LPs and my Slim Jim ties down to London. Ronnie Scott’s opened a place on Gerrard St. Zoot Sims played there maybe Ronnie will book him again.

You’re kidding me? Ronnie’s dead? Zoot’s dead? And the club’s now in Frith St and it’s all posh?

England’s finished, I’m off to New York. 52nd St. here I come. Cut it with the cats at Bop City – they named me after that club, or was it the other way round? I’ll soon be hi-fiving it with Diz and Monk just you wait and see.

Bop City and all the clubs on The Street are gone? And if I go around hi-fiving I’ll end up in jail or joining Diz and Monk up there?

Maybe Paris then, Brexit? Don't know him but if he's good I wanna hear him - oh, I see, but I can still go to Paris can't I? Just gotta fill in the forms, get the jabs and wait and see.

You know what? I’m gonna go back to the Land of Nod. Best take a bottle of the old brown dog with me to help me on my way – I’m gonna need it. See you again or maybe not. Now where did I put that bottle opener ...?

Bop Van Winkle.

(Interview by Lance)

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