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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Friday, August 06, 2021

Album review; Sean Gibbs: When Can I See You Again?

Sean Gibbs (trumpet); Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor sax); Rob Brockway (piano); Calum Gourlay (bass); Jay Davis (drums).

I remember, back in the early days of the Side Café, situated in the shadow of the Tyne Bridge, climbing the stairs to the upper room. I'd been off the scene for a while and it came as a surprise to realise that a whole new generation of jazz musicians had arrived. Many of them the equal, if not better than some of the older musicians I'd revered. Bernard Shaw's famous quote came to mind: "Of course you're better than I am - you were born after me"!

The young pianist who sat in at the closing jam session didn't kick ass that night but you had the feeling he was polishing his shoes in readiness.

I'm talkin' Rob Brockway - those shoes must be rather worn by now!

That promise has well and truly come to fruition over the years and, on this album,  he meets his fellow A-listers on even terms.

Sean Gibbs, like so many, is a product of the Birmingham Conservatoire after initially making his mark with the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. His solos, like his compositions, combine lyricism and fire with no lack of technique.  

Riley Stone-Lonergan, for those unfamiliar with his playing, threw his hat in the ring via various livestreams during lockdown and told the world that the UK probably has more top class tenor players per "unsquare" mile than anywhere in the world - yes, maybe even over there!

Jay Davis graduated from Leeds and has picked up many prestigious awards since. 

Calum Gourlay is a bass playing legend north of the border and, after graduating and subsequently teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, he soon became a first call bassist on the London scene.

As for Rob I feel proud and yet humble to have been in on the ground floor (metaphorically speaking) of this young man's remarkable growth and I'm pretty sure there's much more to come.

In the meantime, if you like your jazz to have a suggestion of Herbie Hancock about it then look no further. Lance

Released August 13 on Ubuntu Music (UBU 0083) with a launch at The Vortex on August 20.

Internal Conflict; Happy Hour; Mary; The Grand Parade; That's Your Lot; Camperdown; When Can I See You Again?

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