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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).
R.I.P. Sue Mingus (April 2, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 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

14602 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Sept. 26).

From This Moment On ...

September

October

Sat 01: Dale Storr @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 01: Nicole Mitchell & Alexander Hawkins @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Pete Churchill. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 01: Orphy Robinson (in conversation); Beck Hunters w John Pope & Laura Cole; Daniel Levin; Black Top w Mariam Rezaei @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Simon O'Byrne @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Solo guitar & vocals. CANCELLED!
Sat 01: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 9:00-9:45pm. A Great Market Caper multi-bill event. Superb Chicago blues band. Doors: 6:30pm. Tickets: £10.00. + bf.

Sun 02 RUTH LAMBERT TRIO @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 02: Helena Anahita Wilson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: Zoë Gilby Trio w Noel Dennis + John Garner & John Pope + Dilutey Juice @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £7.00.
Sun 02: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 02: Lindsay Hannon's 'Tom Waits for No Man' @ Three Tanners Bank, North Shields. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Celebrating the Life & Music of Pharoah Sanders @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £8.00. on the door. Feat. Sue Ferris, Paul Gowland, Tom Atkinson, Jude Murphy, Jeff Armstrong.
Sun 02: Shifa + Bex Burch & Leafcutter John + Farida Amadou @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 04: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 04: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 04: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Ship Isis, Sunderland. 7:30pm. Free.

Wed 05: Hot Club du Nord @ St Wilfred's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Wed 05: Hot Club du Nord @ St Wilfred's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland. 4:00pm.
Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 05: Rat Pack - Swingin' at the Sands @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 06: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:30-9:00pm.
Thu 06: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 06: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 06: Brass Funkeys + Baghdaddies @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 06: Mo Scott Band @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 06: Lindsay Hannon Trio @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. 'Tom Waits for No Man'. A Harbour View Speakeasy event.
Thu 06: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Garry Hadfield (keys) Bill Watson (trumpet) Josh Bentham (sax) Mark Hawkins (drums) Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Fri 07: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 07: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective + Knats @ Dance City, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £15.00. (£12.50. student).
Fri 07: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. 'Celebrating Oscar'.
Fri 07: TBA @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 07: Anth Purdy @ Waterford Arms, Seaton Sluice. 8:00pm.
Fri 07: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 8:30pm.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

RIP Pete Stuart.

The obituaries are piling up and will be duly posted but, for those of us in the north east surely none is more sad than this one sent to me by drummer Ernie Jackson.

Very sad news. My dear old friend Peter Stuart passed away peacefully on the 22nd of July. He had been ill for a long time.

The funeral is on the 6th of August at Sunderland Crematorium at 9:30am. No flowers please by request. A great friend and a brilliant musician. RIP my old friend - Ernie Jackson.

Pete Stuart was, until ill-health took him off the scene, the number one bass player in the area and beyond. As part of the various bands at the Corner House, Newcastle, Pete was the lynchpin with Bill Harper, Malcolm Saul and the other bands that supported the various American stars imported by Jazz North East. Al Grey, Buddy Tate, Joe Newman, Sonny Stitt, Jimmy Witherspoon and a host of others all benefited from Pete Stuart's ability to fit in and enhance the gig.

He will be sadly missed. A great musician and an even greater gentleman. All musicians should play muted tonight.

RIP.
Lance

15 comments :

John Hudson (on F/b) said...

Had the honour of playing with Pete in Ray Chester's Big Band and in small groups......a driving force. Another giant has left us......RIP Pete Stuart.

Laurie Brown (on F/b) said...

Pete was also with us in the BBC Radio Newcastle Dance Band along with too many names who are no longer with us ! Probably the North Easts finest ! RIP

Anne DeVere Harper (on F/b) said...

Devastated by the news of Peter's death !! we had known of his tragic illness for a long time, having kept in touch with Dorothy & realised that this sad day would eventually arrive.

Steve Andrews said...

This is very sad news. Pete was bass-player Royalty! I had the great fortune to play several gigs with him over the years, and was always astonished at his facility, swing, and generosity towards my much inferior efforts. R.I.P. Pete.

shepherdlass said...

Such sad news. He was wonderful

Gillian Nelson (on F/b) said...

It was a pleasure to know you Pete, we had many happy gigs & trips together. RIP xx

Mia Webb (on F/b) said...

Oh no, so sorry to hear this news. I worked with Pete in various bands. He was a fabulous bass player. RIP Pete xx

Lewis Watson said...



Very sad news, had the pleasure of playing with Pete on many occasions, always loved his drive and energy, condolences to

his family

Lewis Watson

Jeremy McMurray said...

I was very sad to hear of Peter’s death this morning, a huge loss to the profession.

Pete was the very best of the best, a superb bass player and all round musician. I don’t know how he did it, (he told me he rarely practiced) but he seemed to know every tune in the book and if he didn’t, he soon did.

I worked with Pete on numerous occasions, the last few gigs we did together were at the Harrogate Brasserie with Dave Challice. We would often travel together and it wasn’t long before the conversation would centre around our joint passion for cars, particularly classic cars and his classic camper van!

Pete was the consummate professional, he made playing jazz all the more enjoyable and rewarding, but more importantly, he was a lovely guy with a wonderful sense of humour. He will be greatly missed. RIP Pete.

Alan Rudd said...

Very sad to hear about Pete Stuart passing. A great musician who was the North East's first call bass player until his health deteriorated. I used to often hear him playing with Tommy Moran's quartet or Roly Veitch's quartet back in the day, and was always inspired by his playing! RIP Pete

Roly said...

Such sad news. Pete was a wonderful bass player and it was a privilege to work with him at Blaydon and elsewhere over many years. As Jeremy says so nicely, he was a lovely, totally sincere person. Roly.

Tommy Moran said...

Absolutely saddened to hear the news that Pete has gone. Going back over the years I worked with Pete a lot, with my own quartet with Billy Harper, and with Malcolm Saul before that. We became very close friends. Very sorry for his lovely wife Dorothy and his family. We will miss him very much because he was the best bass player that came out of the North East. Lots of love and condolence to Dorothy and I will always remember Pete with great affection! RIP Pete

Rod Sinclair said...

Great musician and a real gentleman. I first heard him at the Corner House and was knocked out the power and musicality of his playing. When I first did a gig with him I was apprehensive because of his status but found him to be kind and encouraging.
A great loss to his family and the musical world.

Russell said...

Like Rod, I first heard Pete at the Corner House. What a great sound! Without exception the American touring musicians were fulsome in their praise of Pete's bass playing. I think most musicians would settle for one such accolade! And then there were the sessions at Blaydon Jazz Club - exactly the same, great bass playing. Pete would always nod and say hello. A nice man, he'll be missed.

Mark Robertson said...

I had the honour of playing with Peter for a glorious 4year stretch in Blaydon. At the end of my stretch I was a different player. Peter was always supportive. A part of my playing will always be "Pete" I doubt I will be alone in this. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Love and condolence to his family. He will be missed. Mark Robertson.

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