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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

14806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1074 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov.24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 27: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 27: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 27: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 27: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Sitters-in & audience welcome.
Sun 27: Nu Civilisation Orchestra @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 27: Jamil Sheriff's Five Gold Rings @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 28: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 28: Jeremy McMurray & Friends @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. £5.00. at the door. A SVP fundraiser for Xmas food hampers.

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

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: 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: 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).

Friday, June 11, 2021

Reminiscing in (and out of ) Tempo by Andy Hudson - Part One.

The indefatigable Lance in his search for jazz titbits to fill this splendid publication has asked me to make some contributions based on my hazy career part of which was intimately linked with the jazz genre.

A bit of context - at school in Yorkshire in the early 1960s, I started a trad band (2 of the players were teachers) and most of the rest were not improvisers but learned by rote the licks and solos that I prepped for them on manuscript. Then in ’65, arriving in Newcastle to study Chemistry at the University, I started a swing band and also via the Uni Jazz Society put on a few concerts.

This led to a commercial interest in jazz (an odd combination really and seldom seen ie “commercial” and “jazz” in the same sentence).

Older readers of BSH may be aware of some of these earlier efforts….The Newcastle Big Band (’69 -’77) and the Newcastle Jazz Festival.

Taking the latter first, I staged a number of events, taking the personal risk (and losing money)- arresting the usual suspects - the Balls, Barbers, Bilks, Mellys and Scotts - and  eventually adding Skidmore, Surman, Taylor, Winstone, Rendell, Garrick, Tracey and fresher, more experimental names, via a  small grant from the forward looking City Councilman the late Hughie White and the Newcastle Jazz Festival became a runner. When I departed in late 1978 to head South it was left in the capable hands of Jazz North East (At that time Alex Roberts, Chris Yates and Margaret Barnes all, sadly, no longer with us however, the organisation is still going strong).

Turning to the Big Band and particularly those Sunday lunchtime sessions - It pleases me that on my occasional trips to Newcastle, how they are fondly remembered by so many. The pool of players was about 30 at its peak, of mixed ability and local fame. We knew that some of us were not the best players, but I contend we were by far the best entertainers. Those sessions were packed with fun humour and running gags and I realised that if players seem to be enjoying themselves then this transfers across the footlights (or in the case of the University Theatre bar the two inches between the Sax section and the punters). That bar, currently licenced for 80 persons, to my certain knowledge on one occasion had an audience of 700 - judging from the receipts.

At the risk of retrospective HMRC tax action I have asked Lance to publish here  an extract from the accounts that I sent him some years ago (see graphic) – which will also show him earning as much as Sting – a situation he hopes will be restored again soon!

That mention of crossing the footlights has been a niggling critique of mine for years. In the following weeks I will try and share some experiences with you of working with the greats, BB King, Ray Charles, Miles, Brubeck, Shearing, Ella, Sarah V, Herbie H, Blakey etc…

Something they all shared was the ability to PUT ON A SHOW as well as showing their own individual creative genius. Far too often, there is an introspection among more contemporary players that is either apologetic or subscribes to the Van Morrison - couldn’t-give-a-toss school of presentation.

 Andy Hudson.

3 comments :

Steve Andrews said...

Happy days, Andy! I think I learned a lot about performing ro an audience from those University Theatre sessions with you leaping up from the piano stool and bounding around in that tiny space between the punters and the band, including the audience in the joyous experience of live jazz. I remember most of the band, and I'm astonished at how good it was when you consider that several of them read music worse than me! Many thanks are also due to you for including me and my band in supporting roles in several Newcastle Jazz Festivals. I got to hear, and sometimes play beside or in support of some legendary figures, and to see many more that you booked, including Bud Freeman, Benny Carter, Dexter Gordon, Ralph Sutton, George Melly...... You also organised a £200 grant from Northern Arts (I think) for the Savannah Syncopators to transcribe (well, Kevin Elliott did it) and perform Duke Ellington's first extended composition "Creole Rhapsody" in 1978. I'm looking forward to further installments!

Ann Alex said...

THis reminds me of what a friend told me about the Newcastle Jazz festival. He'd better be name;ss and he lives away now. He was involved in the organisation and had to arrange menus. so he put on a pork salad. Guess what? He'd forgotten one vital fact - the jazz musician who the meal was meant for was Jewish!

carstairs said...

I came up in 1975 to run the Science & Engineering museums in Tyne and Wear. It was a short step from the old Museum in Exhibition Park to the Union so I got to experience the Newcastle Big Band for a few years and eventually play with some of them. A few characters, definitely!

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