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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.

Monday, July 04, 2022

Steve Pimlott @ the Railway, Stockport - July 3

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Steve Pimlott (tenor sax); Andrzej Baranek (keys); Ollie Collins (bass); Phil Bennett (drums).

Always a popular performer here at the Railway, Steve opened the show with a fine version of Like Someone in Love and followed this with another well known standard Stella By Starlight - a tune I thought got played too often in recent times but mainly by alto players and pianists. Steve sometimes brings an alto sax to his gigs but tonight he concentrated on the larger horn to good effect. He has a fluent boppy style and, as I have mentioned in previous reviews, he reminds me a lot of the great Harold Land, a very underrated tenor man.

The regular Railway jazz fans were out in force tonight but there were also a few unfamiliar faces and one of the regulars, during an after the gig chat, told me he rated the performance 12 out of ten! 

I thought that there were certainly some highlights that deserved that rating. The Neal Hefti tune Flight of the Foo Birds written for the Count Basie Band and scaled down to quartet size to suit Steve’s concept was most surely one of them.

I also rated very highly the ballads, particular the Mal Waldron composition Soul Eyes helped along by some tasty brushwork from drummer Phil Bennett and solid basswork from Ollie Collins, a newcomer to the Railway, but a welcome addition to the list of bass players who play this venue. 

Andrzej Baranek had to cope with some tricky tunes including three of Steve’s originals but he did a superb job and I believe he is the featured artist with the Steve Oakes Band who are at the Railway on Tuesday July 5. Mike Farmer


Like Someone in Love; Stella by Starlight; Take That as a no; Pryllic; Soul Eyes;When by Now; Giant Steps; Flight of the Foo Birds; Darn That Dream; Blues For Alice; Blue in Green.

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