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Farewell Blues

A quiet month so far...

Bebop Spoken There

Joe Daley: "We [Daley & Sam Rivers] did an entire tour, and nothing was discussed other than what time was dinner" - (JazzTimes Sept. 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!"


14644 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 922 of them this year alone and, so far, 21 this month (Oct.6).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 07: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 07: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective + Knats @ Dance City, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £15.00. (£12.50. student).
Fri 07: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. 'Celebrating Oscar'.
Fri 07: Mick Cantwell Quartet @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 07: Anth Purdy @ Waterford Arms, Seaton Sluice. 8:00pm.
Fri 07: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 8:30pm.

Sat 8 Oct, Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass, Ripon HG4 4AH. 12.20pm. NOTE SATURDAY GIG AS OPPOSED TO REGULAR SUNDAY GIG. COACH FROM WHITLEY BAY NOW SOLD OUT!
Sat 08: Paul Skerritt w Danny Miller Big Band @ Westovian Theatre, South Shields. 7:30pm.
Sat 08: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Maureen Hall's monthly residency one week later than usual.

Sun 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 09: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 09: Chip Wickham @ The Cluny, Newcastle.
Sun 09: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 10: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 10: Central Bar Quintet plays Blue Train @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 11: Dean Stockdale Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Wed 12: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 12: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 12: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 12: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 13: Hypothetical: Works Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 13: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. The Mark Toomey Quartet with Mark Toomey (alto sax) Jeremy McMurray (piano) Peter Ayton (bass) Paul Smith (drums).

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

RIP Ronnie Young

(Pic by Lance)
It's very sad to receive the news that trumpeter and vocalist Ronnie Young passed away recently. Ronnie was active for many years on the local jazz scene - I first met him in the New Orleans Club in the 60's when he ran a band on Monday nights. 

He joined up with the Phoenix Jazzmen later and remained for about five years until it disbanded, when he started a very successful Sunday lunchtime session in the back bar of the Turks Hotel in Grey Street. 

I remember he also turned up at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival where I got roped in to play trombone with him because his trombonist didn't turn up! Ronnie was a lovely gentle man, never downcast or gloomy, always ready to make the best of the situation.

Sadly missed. Gordon Solomon.
This pic shows Ronnie (far left) with Gordon Solomon, Sting and John Hedley who supplied the photo. Lance


Lance said...

Sad news indeed! The photo was taken at the City Vaults in the Bigg Market circa 1980.

Re San Sebastian - well remembered, or should I say, half remembered -travelling overland to Spain in Kevin Savin's Dormobile. That was some trip!
Ronnie Young, Charlie Carmichael, Andy Hudson, Kevin and myself all cooped up in that small space for 3 or 4 days fortified by cheap plonk from French supermarkets. We had some laughs. For some unknown reason Ronnie would suddenly start singing The Sun has got his hat on hip, hip,hip hooray and from then on I'd always relate that song with Ronnie - along with King of the Swingers. One of life's characters!

Brian Chester said...

Very sad news. Ronnie was indeed a very likeable character but difficult to keep in touch with as he never got around to having a telephone installed never mind internet. I’ve still got the record of him doing King of the Swingers that Soli did with him, Charlie Carmichael, Don Eddy, John Hadley, and myself at Dave Woods studios. Does anyone know when the funeral is?

Lance said...

I think the funeral was yesterday - a private family affair. Maybe there will be a wake later. Strangely enough, one of the last times I recall seeing Ronnie (off the band stand) was at a bar in Whitley Bay for his divorce party! King of the Swingers? - Ronnie was the Emperor of them!

Barry Aitchison said...

Sorry to here that Ronnie Young has passed away. I have not seen him for years and now, out of the blue, he has passed away and another one is gone - R.I.P.

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