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Bebop Spoken There

Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 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!"

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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Flat Caps Coffee - August 13

It was time to put the frustrations, not to mention heartbreak, of lockdown behind us. Months of inactivity for many musicians is gradually coming to an end and the long-awaited, reshuffled Newcastle Jazz Festival finally got under way at Flat Caps Coffee in Carliol Square. A double bill of scratch pairings - Ruth Lambert and Ian Paterson and Pete Tanton working with Lloyd Wright - entertained both the hardcore jazz fan and Flat Cap Coffee's regular patrons. 

Ruth Lambert (guitar, vocals); Ian Paterson (bass guitar)
I'm Old Fashioned sang Ruth...all was well with the world! Skylark brought a tear to the eye with bassist Ian providing subtle accompaniment to our vocalist's beautifully crafted lyrics. Helen Humes' dirty blues You Played on My Piano could have shocked some, fortified by little more than an Americano or English Breakfast Tea, it appeared no one covered their ears! To close this Friday afternoon session at this year's Newcastle Jazz Festival, Ruth and Ian went out on Oscar Brown's Northern Soul hit The Snake. NJF 2021 is up and running!         
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Pete Tanton (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals); Lloyd Wright (guitar)
A common denominator of the afternoon's session was the musicians' not unexpected revelations that this was their first gig in eighteen months. Earlier, the Tanton-Wright partnership opened and closed proceedings with an ornithological theme. 
A blackbird inspired Tanton original and Paul McCartney's Blackbird bookended some forty five minutes of largely original material. Amiable trumpeter Pete, equally adept on flugelhorn, sang several numbers in beguiling manner - Tell Me When it's Safe to Open My Eyes a highlight - and the similarly amiable Lloyd, fleet of finger on the fretboard judiciously deploying the use of a loop pedal, made for an entertaining set.             

As Newcastle Jazz Festival goers left Flat Caps Coffee thoughts turned to the evening's set piece occasion up on Barras Bridge - Alice singing Ella F with the Strictly Smokin Big Band. Russell   

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