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Emma Rawicz: "I'm at a place where I'm really happy, but why stop there? Okay isn't really good enough." - (Jazzwise November 2021)

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! --


13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.


Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Farewell to Mac Rae @ Holly Hill Social Club - Sept. 2

(Photos by Russell)
Liz Bacon (clarinet); Jim Blenkin (trombone, vocal); Ian Wynne (keys); Phil Rutherford (sousaphone); Paul Bacon (snare drum) + Bill Evans (snare drum); Matty McElvogue (trumpet).

Many of the local jazz musicians and fans turned out to say farewell to Mac Rae - the final half of the Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band.

They gathered at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Felling, at The Crem in Gateshead and, finally, at the Holly Hill Social Club also in Felling.

It was a joyous occasion - if such a word is applicable - I guess Mac wouldn't want it to have been anything other than joyous.

His former band-mates played in the New Orleans tradition that Mac had devoted his musical life to and they did him proud. Bill Evans spelled Paul on drums and Matty McElvogue filled out the frontline on trumpet.

The family laid on a spread that was an abundance of riches and, even after several refills, there was still plenty to spare.

And, whilst the BSH contingent bemoaned the absence of any real ale they couldn't complain about the music.

I didn't make a note of the tunes played although I do recall nice versions of Sentimental JourneyChinatown my Chinatown; Dinah; Oh Lady be Good! as well as a piano/drum duo by Wynne and Evans on Hymn to Freedom.

Later, several of us retired to The Wheatsheaf in "The Felling" (I've never discovered why Felling is often referred to by those living nearby as "The Felling"!) where more stories and memories were exchanged about a man who, like his late brother Dave, was a local jazz legend.

May he Rest In Peace - Lance

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