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Bebop Spoken There

Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 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!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social 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, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

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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