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Bebop Spoken There

Belá Fleck: "...he [Chick Corea] brought out the best in musicians. Not only would you get to play with him, but you'd get to play with the best version of yourself." - (DownBeat April 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.


13,073 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 492 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (April 9).

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

The Definitive History of Jazz in Britain Part One of Ten: Jazz FM - April 4.

This first episode didn't hold a lot of interest in the actual music played but, in the various observations from the past such as The Original Dixieland Jazz Band is arriving in Britain, Thanks for the warning - Punch 1919, and in the present in the form of observations by such as Nick Ball, Adrian Cox and Digby Fairweather, it made for compelling listening.

Initially, jazz was seen as, part dance music, part novelty and part comedy - the latter two categories could well apply to some of today's improv offerings!

The programme gave extended coverage to Will Marian Cook's Southern Syncopaters Orchestra's visit to Europe with Sidney Bechet as part of the ensemble (cue for Adrian Cox) as well as the collision with an another boat off the coast of Scotland that saw them lose nine of their members.

We also heard about bands such as the Savoy Orpheans and musicians such as Fred Elizalde. 

What further brought jazz closer to home was: The emergence of local radio such as 2LO in London and various other major cities. Newcastle had its own station, situated in old Eldon Square at the time - my mother actually broadcast from there in 1925 albeit not jazz!

Moving pictures such as The Jazz Singer which although it had nothing to do with jazz - Jolson  never did - brought the word once more into the public eye.

And, in 1926, the arrival in print of The Melody Maker (The Bebop Spoken Here of its day!) gave fans and musicians the opportunity to interact although the word (interact) probably hadn't been invented then!

Part Two, 9:00pm next Sunday moves into the 1930s. A must listen.


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