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Bebop Spoken There

Billy Boy Arnold: “As long as you don't think old you're good.” - DownBeat, December, 2023.

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...


16051 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1058 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 11: Interim Final Recitals @ Newcastle University. Details TBC.

Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Wed 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 13: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 13: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 13: Bold Big Band @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Hot Fingers @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 14: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. . Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 14: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Mo Scott ‘Little Mo’s Festive Appearance’ @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland, Josh Bentham, Garry Hadfield, Adrian Beadnell @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 15: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: Paul Skerritt @ Black Horse Inn, Crook. From 7:00pm.
Fri 15: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ St Cuhtbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm. £15.00. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Fri 15: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £12.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 15: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. First night of two. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £10.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: Baghdaddies @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £14.00.; £10.00.

Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 2:00pm. A Jazzy Christmas + Jambone.
Sat 16: Porritt & Barrett & Friends Xmas Special @ Cullercoats Watch House. 7:00pm. £4.00.
Sat 16: Milne-Glendinning Band @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 16: Red Kites Jazz Band @ The Staithes Café, Gateshead. 7:00pm--9:00pm.
Sat 16: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Ellingham Village Hall, Chathill. 7:30pm. £12.00., £8.00.
Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 16: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Second night of two.

Sun 17: Red Kites Jazz Band @ Gibside Chapel, nr. Rowlands Gill. 1:00-2:30pm.
Sun 17: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 17: Revolutionaires @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Rock ‘n’ roll excellence!
Sun 17: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Alehouse, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 17: The Globe Xmas Party @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Multi-bill inc. David Gray’s Flextet + jam session.
Sun 17: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £17.00., £15.00.
Sun 17: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Amble Parish Hall. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sun 17: Snake Davis Trio @ St John’s Hall, Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. from 07766 037893.

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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