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JD Allen: " in itself is now a luxury that you need a lot of finances to do." - (DownBeat October 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! --


13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, October 01, 2021

More on The Spice of Life

Russell's post about the re-opening of the Spice of Life brought back a host of memories - many of which have been recorded in these pages.

My first experience was way back, don't ask me when, I perchanced to see a chalked up notice outside: JAZZ TONITE - FRANK HOLDER.

Frank Holder! I remembered him from the old Dankworth Band. I followed the direction towards the basement falling flat on my face over an unexpected step in the middle of the bar which caused much hilarity - I guess it was a nightly occurrence!

(Pic by Russell)
I picked myself up, dusted myself off and started all over again making my way down to the basement. I could hear Holder beating seven shades out of the bongos and a band riffing away behind him but that was where the story ended. "Sorry guv, we're sold out, more than my jobs worth...

Fast forward into the next century and the first of many Wednesday evenings,

Paul Pace was now running the show and, after delivering a cool Sinatra, Greco, Tormé style vocal he'd introduce a variety of wannabee singers many of whom reached their goal including wor Zoë taking her first tentative steps into the great wide world.

One of the more unusual characters at The Spice was the doorman. Not a doorman in the bouncer manner - quite the opposite, in fact I doubt if he could even bounce a cheque but he was a lovely guy and knew his jazz like no one.

I recollect seeing Charles Lloyd at The Barbican and leaving at the interval to head back to Soho.

"You're late". he said like a teacher reprimanding  a pupil, "What's your excuse?" 

"I was at the Charles Lloyd concert - I left early."

"Don't blame you - load of rubbish."

Rather like Dave Weisser with his CDs at The Chilli, he invariably had an assortment of tapes that he would unload on me (and any one else he felt would appreciate them) - "Take these, you'll like them." I usually did. In particular Ronnie Ross and Joe Harriott with MJQ at Manchester which is one I still occasionally play.

Apart from the singers, many of whom continue to make their mark, the accompanists were all top notch and there'd always be sitters in such as Ian Shaw, Denys Baptiste, the late Richard Abrams and Noah Preminger (pictured) to name but a few..

Some memories of those exciting evenings are here

More recently, in pre-pandemic days, Wednesday lunchtime sessions proved popular. Sarah Dowling, Steve Fishwick, Matt Wates and pianist Leon Greening all played memorable lunchtime gigs. Then, just before the end of the world, they switched to Monday lunchtimes which, as Russell has pointed out is when it all reboots. Lance

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