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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!"

Postage

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 28, 2021

What's in a name?

As I listened to the latest review album that landed on the turntable of the old Victrola, it occurred to me that, although it was played by a band (no names no pack drill) of players who had not only been to renowned music colleges both here and over there but were probably technically more proficient than the players who created the music they were now draining the emotion from.

I wondered why this should be, I mean they'd studied, paid their dues - well their term fees - some even have doubled barrelled names which was when it clicked!

Think of the great jazz musicians: Satchmo, Dizzy, Hot Lips, Fats, Peanuts, Jelly Roll, Muggsy, Lucky, Bird, Zoot, to mention but a few. With names like that you knew that the music was going to meet your anticipation - it didn't always but, it usually did.

Likewise the blues singers. Irrespective of how out of tune or repetitive their lyrics were, the fact that they plied their craft as Big Bill, Sonny Boy, Blind Eye, Big Mama, Blind Lemon, Champion Jack placed them ahead of anyone less colourfully named.

The informality has gone. Jazz critics and, by default, fans aspired for the music to be shown the respectability that, in a Utopian world should have been its automatic due. That it did indeed achieve this respectability - at least to a degree - is witnessed by  BG's famed Carnegie Hall concert in 1938 as well as today when jazz is now a regular part of "The Proms".

Nevertheless, I often wonder if Sir John Dankworth would have received that knighthood if he'd still been called Johnny, as he was when he played with Freddie Mirfield's Garbage Men, and Dame Cleo Laine was just another dame who sang with a band?

Just thinkin' Lance

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