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Bebop Spoken There

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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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.


13,359 (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


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:

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

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

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Radio Cheltenham and more

Saturday (May 1)

Ahead of this evening's Kansas Smitty's live stream session, Julian Bliss discusses all things clarinet on Radio 3's Inside Music (1:00pm). Classical clarinetist Bliss has been invited to sit-in on tonight's Big Four session, it should be interesting (8:00pm on Kansas Smitty's YouTube channel)! This year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival is of the virtual variety and BBC Radio has scheduled several programmes across the May Day weekend to celebrate it. Julian Joseph presents this afternoon's J to Z (Radio 3, 5:00pm) which includes a set featuring Tim GarlandJason Rebello and Gary Husband paying tribute to Chick Corea. 

Over on Radio 2 at 9:00pm, Radio 2 in Concert offers 'another chance to hear' Randy Crawford from the 2018 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Corey Mwamba's Freeness (Radio 3, midnight) presents an exclusive new track by Cheltenham participant Cleveland Watkiss and an archive recording of Troyk-estra from 2013. If you're awake in the early hours of Sunday (4:00am!) retune to Radio 2 to catch a repeat of Craig Charles' 2009 documentary Miles Plugs In looking at electric era Miles Davis. Saturday's listening also includes Tom Service introducing a new piece by Jason Yarde for vocalist and ensemble, dedicated to the memory of George Floyd on Radio 3's New Music Show (10:00pm). 

Sunday (May 2)

More from Cheltenham, including, of course, Jazz Record Requests (Radio 3, 4:00pm). Radio 2's Sunday Night is Music Night (7:00pm) is a repeat of a 2017 Cheltenham Jazz Festival concert celebration of soul music. Guy Barker conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Guy Barker Big Band with guest vocalists Shaun EscoffreyTony Momrelle, Ronnie's regular Vanessa Haynes and Noel McKoy. Olympic 1500 metres gold medalist Seb Coe gets a show all to himself - Seb Coe: a Day without Jazz is like a Day without Running - during which you can expect to hear tracks by Armstrong, Basie, Lester Young and others (Radio 2, 9:00pm).  Russell     

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