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Bebop Spoken There

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.

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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Steve Oakes Band @ the Railway, Stockport - July 5

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Steve Oakes (guitar); John Dyson (alto/soprano sax); Andrzej Baranek (keys); John Sandham (bass); Tim Franks (drums).

Steve has a residency here on the first Tuesday of each month and usually you will see Ed Kainyek in the line-up but, for reasons undisclosed. his place was taken by a musician who I don’t know much about, reeds player John Dyson. I believe he has a history in jazz education at Leeds Conservatoire and I recall hearing him at a jam session in Manchester  but can’t remember where or when this was. He sounds to me like he has listened a lot to late-period Art Pepper but on soprano he may have been influenced by more contemporary players such as Wayne Shorter.

The tunes that Steve chose tonight were most likely ones that were suited to Dyson’s bebop style but it was an interesting selection. However, I did think  that the overall volume was a shade too loud but that could have been due to my sitting more to the right of my usual position.

John Sandham is another local bass player whom I haven't seen for a while. He's another musician who can be added to the growing list of bassists in this area who can handle a wide variety of jazz styles. 

I have written so many times in praise of Andrzej Baranek that I’m running out of superlatives! He likes up-tempo bop tunes like Crazeology but when a ballad is called for like Monk's 'Round Midnight he really gets into the mood of the piece.

Next jazz at the Railway is on July 10 with reeds maestro Frank Griffith's quartet. Unfortunately. I'll miss this as I will be at the Swanage Jazz Festival this weekend. Mike Farmer


Straight no Chaser; Autumn Leaves; How Deep is the Ocean?; My Foolish Heart; My Favorite Things; Crazeology; I'll Remember April; 'Round Midnight; Cantaloupe Island; Unknown (I had to leave before the final number!)

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