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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Fishwick: “I can’t get behind the attitude that new is always somehow better than old”. (Jazz Journal, April 15, 2019).

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...

June

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Nostalgia on Felling Square

I came across the following article in my archives dated 1964. Written by one D.Knox-Crichton the original cutting was so creased and yellowed with age that it was unscannable so I have typed it as published - warts and all!  Lance 
 
Diminishin' 13ths at  The Bluebell (Blue Bell)
(© Russell)

All right. So it's a collision between a truck load of milk cans and a van full of ducks. Me, I happen to dig it.

That is why I hied me to Felling's jam-joint, The Bluebell Inn (sic), last Sunday noon and lined up at the packed long-bar, with the other saloonees, for the weekly jazz-fest promoted by the host CHARLIE JAMES.

Yep, I'm what the long-hairs of jazz despisingly call all the simple admirers of Dixieland,  a Moldy Fig. Prior to the weekly work-out, the brass-stormers kill their thirsts in advance. The conversation being music, music, music.

The merits of mop - mop (mechanical stuff full of riffs) against the back-alley (or low-down dirty); the slurred gut-bucket; the blaring tailgate; the smooth; the mellow; the swinging.

Swinging, because it is claimed to create itself and to continue on its own momentum.

There were intriguing arguments on such life-and-death matters as chord extension improvisations; close harmony intricacies; complex phrasing techniques as first introduced by old-time wizard of the small pipe, CHARLIE PARKER.

There was much cut-and-thrust over the melancholy blue of lost and rejected love, expressed slow tempo in diminishing 13ths, 5ths and 3rds.

Jazz. Once summed up in three words: Lies, exaggeration; insincerity.

Pick-up combo becomes swinging gate

Time for the Dixietomaines, buddied up for just this particular session, to climb onto the bandstand and do their blocks. This week, the line-up was, they told me, smaller than usual.

ARTHUR LUKE, easily one of Britain's finest exponents of the slush-pump. He even plays it with his feet -- AND EVEN KEEPS HIS SHOES ON! ARTHUR doubles on double bass and anything else around.

TED LANGSTON, North East's star triple-tongued trumpet. RAY JOHNSON, impressive guitarist, skin-tym and cym-happy percussionist and gravel-growler JIM STEVENSON, who can even get kicks on a cigar box with a couple of pencils.

Finally, tickling the ivories, BILLY LUKE, Arthurs knowledgeable nephew. BILLY leads 'em and holds 'em with heavily accented tempo and short, fast quodibets and twiddly-bits.

They open, a pick-up combo. But in no time they're a solid swinging gate with an ever building scooping pitch.

During this enjoyable stake-out, I picked up items of interesting jazz history titbits.

"Dixieland" (from DIX printed both sides of their 10 dollar bills)...

...Sadly, the rest of the article has been lost in the mists of time however, it does bring back memories for me of those Sunday lunchtime sessions at the Blue Bell although I don't recall the band ever discussing chord extensions - it was more likely to be along the lines of "whose round is it?" Lance

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