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Bebop Spoken There

Rickie Lee Jones: "There's lots of music and not so much celebrity. I guess I'll stay here [New Orleans] for a while if it doesn't get washed away in the flood." - (The Observer 18.04.21)

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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.


13,107 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 526 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (April 16).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Friday, April 02, 2021

Ten north east jazz greats. 5 - Big Pete Deuchar (a.k.a. Peter Duker)

Big Pete Deuchar (1933 - 1988). Of all the musicians honoured in this series, Deuchar was the character. He was only 55 when he stepped in front of a train on October 14, 1988 but, in those 55 years he probably did more than the any 55 year old banjo player ever did - Peter Deuchar was a one-off!

Famed locally as the founder of the Vieux Carré Jazzmen - a band who are still going strong today - Deuchar, grandson of James Deuchar of the famed Deuchar brewing dynasty - played banjo and became totally immersed in the traditional music of New Orleans, later making a name for himself on the London scene with a variety of bands of many different genres.

He was also a keen cyclist and later cycled around the world. He held the record for cycling across America and wrote a biography of the great Italian cyclist, Fausto Coppi. There's much more I could write but Colin H on The Afterword website has posted 10,000 words, including a discography, on Pete's life and death that is essential (and compulsive) reading for anyone keen to learn more about this enigmatic person. More photos from/courtesy of Brian Bennett's collection

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