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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 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!"


15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event. SOLD OUT!

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???


Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Album review: Louis Dowdeswell Big Band - High Score

Louis Dowdeswell is a phenomenon. Playing high Cs and above is one thing, sustaining a succession of ear-splitting notes with laser-like accuracy is altogether something else. The trumpet ace has several things in his favour - youth (he's still in his twenties), the lung power afforded to youth, and that short supply commodity called 'talent'. High Score brings together an array of top drawer musicians (Pete Long and Wayne Bergeron are on board), the arranging skills of Callum Au, and a clear focus on, for want of a better term, the 'project'.

Ten tracks, fifty plus minutes, bravura blowing - Dowdeswell, the trumpet section (Ryan Quigley!) and the entire band, this pre-pandemic album opens with Sing, Sing, Sing! (a drum feature for Ed Richardson, naturally), Nadim Teimoori blows tenor on Bridge Over Troubled Water and from there on in it's pretty much film music and show tunes. The selections span the decades - When You Wish Upon a Star to Game of Thrones - and they're all given the same treatment, ie superb ensemble work and stonking solos. 

If Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson and Gordon Goodwin feature in your CD collection, the Louis Dowdeswell Big Band's self-released High Score should be well worth checking out HERE. Russell           

Louis Dowdeswell Big Band: Louis Dowdeswell, Ryan Quigley, Tom Walsh, Andy Greenwood, James Copus, Tom Rees-Roberts, James Davison (trumpets); Callum Au, Tom Dunnett, Maddie Dowdeswell, Andy Wood, Simon Minshall, Robbie Harvey (trombones); Simon Marsh, Sammy Mayne, Martin Williams, Graeme Blevins, Dave Bishop, Jay Craig (reeds); Dan Beer, Mike Kidd, Alex Hamilton, Mark Wood, Laetitia Stott, John Davy, Dewi Jones (French horns); Tommy Emmerton (guitar); Chris Eldred (keyboards, synth); Rob Barron (keyboards); Laurence Ungless (bass); Ed Richardson, Dave Elliott (drums); James Turner, James Larter, Max Mills (percussion) + Pete Long (clarinet on Sing, Sing, Sing!); Nadim Teimoori (tenor sax on Bridge Over Troubled Water); Wayne Bergeron (trumpet on When You Wish Upon a Star & The Incredibles Suite); Gareth Lockrane (flute on Game of Thrones)

Track listing: Sing, Sing, Sing!Bridge Over Troubled WaterZero to HeroWhen You Wish Upon a StarLet it GoGame of ThronesGo the DistanceCircle of LifeGonna Fly NowThe Incredibles Suite.    


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