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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
R I P Oliver Soden - ? - November 6, 2022
R I P Top Cat Daphne - ? - November 24, 2022.
R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 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!"


14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Emma Smith: Take on Mingus @ The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh - July 24

Emma Smith (double bass); Alina Bzhezhinska (harp); Helena Kay (tenor sax); Davide L Rinaldi (drums); Annabel Kershaw (piano); Niamh Molloy (cello)

Emma Smith’s ‘dream ensemble’ completely captivated and inspired a packed Edinburgh Jazz Bar on Sunday night. Commissioned by EJBF, Smith gathered an outstanding group of musicians who spent two days in two rehearsal rooms exploring the writing and music of Charles Mingus.

Their task – to place Mingus’ work in a modern context. Collaborating in various formations (from duo to sextet), exploring eight themes identified in his words, and using fragments taken from Mingus tunes, they produced a programme that captured the essence of Mingus while firmly asserting their own ’take’ on the contemporary relevance of his work.

Take on Mingus was a daring celebration, hugely varied in form, style and pace and executed with a temerity, freedom, and raw energy that infected and exhilarated its audience. The connections between musicians and listeners were forged, through classical pieces played with an open and moving vulnerability, to the raucous pain and fury demanding to be heard in Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, through music that mimicked and mocked the ridiculous idiocy of Faubus to the persistent spirit of defiance and freedom celebrated in the Haitian Fight Song

It was a connection strengthened by the inclusion of Mingus quotes and stories  -  the racism and sexism that continues to pervade and deny opportunities, the malice and ignorance of populist politicians, the personal and collective impact of loss, the sheer joy of collaboration, inclusion and unity. Take on Mingus was a wonderful testament to the enduring capacity of music to inform, reaffirm, comfort, amuse, heal, challenge, incite, inspire, liberate, unite and empower. It was never more relevant.

For further information and future dates for ‘Take on Mingus’ visit


Harpist Alina Bzhezhinska spoke movingly of how music helps to express her pain and anger over the atrocity being inflicted on her Ukranian homeland. Visit  HERE to donate to her charity. Kay Collin


Canon; Moanin'; Oh Lord Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Diane (Alice’s Wonderland); Fables of Faubus; Solo Dancer; Haitian Fight Song; Better Git it in Your Soul; Hora Decubitus (encore)

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