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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Thursday, March 18, 2021

KSTV: Livestream - March 18

Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor sax); Deschanel Gordon (piano); Will Sach (bass); Will Cleasby (drums).

If nothing else, Covid has brought us closer together - virtually, that is, not physically. Even before the pandemic, many of the musicians who were and still are household names in London and points south didn't always venture further north than Leeds and, when they did, they quite often managed to get to Edinburgh without touching down in Newcastle.

Thus the enforced lockdowns and the emerging livestreams have, in effect, brought the whole world into our listening area and, in doing so, not only put faces to names but also familiarised us with their music so that, hopefully, when we next see a gig advertised we won't be saying "Who?"

The four musicians blowing up a storm tonight at Smitty's were simply phenomenal. Stone-Lonergan, listed tonight as Riley Stone, blew some of the most blistering, paint-stripping tenor since...? Well, er, since the last time I heard him! Smitty's is rapidly turning into a "tenorment" building - Xhosa's there tomorrow night and Alec Harper will be along shortly - you can bet on it!

A year ago I'd never heard of Desch Gordon but, after a gold medal at the BBC Jazz Olympics 2020,  he's now a name to tick on the ballot papers.

Wills Cleasby and Sach have been the cornerstone of many gigs at KS and tonight was no exception. Cleasby swung his ass off, Sach didn't - somebody had to look after the "bottom end" and few do it better.

The solos were long but nobody yawned this was excitement guaranteed. Over at Ronnie's I'd heard good reports about Heidi Vogel (see previous post) but, with the numbers so disproportionate between the two venues, it made me think. Up here on Tyneside there are many "fans" who regularly attend jazz concerts at Sage Gateshead who are never seen at smaller venues such as The Globe or the Black Swan. I guess it's the same the world over.

Stone-Lonergan blowing Three Little Words was up there with Sonny and Lonnie's Lament was as close as anyone's going to get to Trane until the next Messiah arrives - maybe he already has!

The opener, Monk's Teo sounded strangely like Kern's Yesterdays - presumably a contrafact with better changes. Shorter's Yes and Now and Bird's Bloomdido saw us out.

Monk, Trane, Rollins, Shorter and Bird! On top of that, I had my second vaccine this morning - two shots in the arm in one day, no wonder I'm on a high!
Lance.

(Above collage by Ken Drew, the individual screenshots are by a promising apprentice).

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