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Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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!"

Postage

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting w. Bloodsong @ the Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. (donations welcome).
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Helen Walker (French horn/trumpet) & Caroline Guirr (piano) @ St. Andrew's Church, Corbridge. 2:00pm. Duo concert by two members of 'The Wild Women of Wylam'. Part of the annual Christmas Tree Festival.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, May 31, 2021

R.I.P Colin Haikney

(Archive photo)
Rarely a day goes by without a hero, a legend or just a fine musician leaving us.

Pianist Colin Haikney, who sadly passed away last night, was all of that and more. When someone dies it's, seemingly, obligatory to say what a great musician he was, his dry sense of humour, a true gentleman - in fact  everything but the truth!

Fortunately however, in Colin's case all those attributes are very much true and if there was ever a poll to find a musician who ticked all of those boxes then Colin Haikney would be up there in the frame.

In a career that covered the whole scene from dance bands, cruises, clubs, jazz groups, big bands and, most recently, Classic Swing, Colin was the man. 

Until the pandemic did what the Luftwaffe couldn't do, Classic Swing held court at Ye Olde Ship pub in Monkseaton, Colin remained in the background until the spotlight was on him which was when the audience realised that this was not just another piano player! 

Let's hope that Classic Swing will be back soon although whoever takes over at the keyboard will have some mighty big boots to fill.

RIP Colin Haikney. As another pianist frequently said - We Love You Madly. Lance

5 comments :

David Francis (on F/b) said...

Sorry to hear this Lance

Dave Kerr said...

Colin was an outstanding pianist and I heard of his reputation years ago being extolled by Perter Gascoyne and Scotty Adair amongst others. It was only recently when he played with the New Century Ragtime Orchestra that I got to know him. Don Fairly suggested him to us
saying "He never makes a mistake!" I found him a very likable and witty man
he was a tower of strength at band rehearsals a true professional.

Classic Swing said...

"We were very sad to hear about Colin's death on Monday. He'd had a very successful career in music and was still playing into his eighties, before his health issues took priority, he's had a tough time of late. We've been so fortunate to have had Colin on Keys in "Classic Swing", he was such talented guy and a great accompanist as well as being a nice guy, with a great sense of humour, he will be a great miss on the North East music scene.
Our resident sax player/composer/arranger Tommy Moran wrote a composition dedicated to Colin, and called it "The Masters Magic", and that title just about sums up how highly we regarded him! Tommy also wrote a second composition for Colin, "The Master Returns", as we were half expecting Colin to return to the band if his health allowed. Sadly that's not going to be the case now, although Tommy did get to play his composition to Colin over the telephone!

Greatly missed! RIP Colin.

Roly said...

Such sad news. Colin played at Blaydon quite a few times over the years and it was always a privilege to have him. A lovely person and a complete master musician.

Mike Carton said...

With sadness I learned just a few days ago from Tommy Moran , of Colin's passing . News of the North East jazz scene travels slowly to Pennsylvania USA where I'm based these days/daze .
Colin and I shared the stage infrequently , but I remember he was the consummate pianist in any ensemble we were in at any particular time .
BUT , there is a subtle but important distinction between a musician and an instrumentalist Colin brought this home to me only once - Rick Taylor and I asked him to join " Collaboration " that short-lived maniacal outfit in the '80s . The music was complex , challenging and ' different ' . After a couple of rehearsals Colin told Rick and I that he couldn't commit to the band . I will never forget his answer when we asked him why he had made that decision , an answer which highlights just how GREAT a musician he was . He said , ' Sorry lads , but I won't be able to do justice to the project " . How many of us have 'bluffed ' our way through a gig ? Well , Colin was above that . A musician of the first order . I regret that we shared the stage so infrequently during my time in the North East . I offer my belated condolences to Stuart and the family .

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