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Chick Corea: "Things feel good when there's a lot of music happening." - (DownBeat August 2005 (unpublished. Published posthumously April 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.


13,107 (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.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Ten north east jazz greats. 7 - Mike Carr

Mike Carr (1937 - 2017). Born in South Shields, the younger brother of Ian, Mike Carr was one of the great jazz organists. He could hold his own with any of the American B3 stars. Like Ian, as related in the previous episode, he began playing hard bop with Newcastle's Emcee Five. Back then, at the old Down Beat Club on Carliol Square, he played piano and, occasionally vibes.

After moving south, he switched to organ and recorded Hammond Under Pressure with Tony Crombie on drums. This album knocked me out so much I loaned it to everyone I met knowing that, once they'd heard it, they'd go out and buy it. I think some probably did but, as you can guess, it was loaned out to someone who loaned it out to someone else who loaned it out to someone else and I never did get it back. 

There was much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth and I wore sackcloth and ashes until, one day, I met a chap who now occasionally writes for BSH who actually had a copy of Hammond Under Pressure and agreed to tape it for me. At last, I knew how the Ancient Mariner felt! 

However, I digress. I heard Mike many times including a memorable session with Ronnie Scott at, I think, The County Hotel, Newcastle. then there was his Blue Note Band with Steve Fishwick. after BSH got up and running, I had occasional email exchanges with Mike which, although indicating that whilst his health may have been failing he was still a lovely guy.


1 comment :

Tommy Henderson said...

Mike was a very good friend and played in my group at the Emerson on vibes with Eddie Farrow on piano, Just before he went to the Cavendish Club in Newcastle. We kept in touch until his sad passing.RIP. a big miss in the jazz world!

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