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Bebop Spoken There

Charles McPherson: “Jazz is best heard in intimate places”. (DownBeat, July, 2024).

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16611 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 1504 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Bailiwick + Sleep Suppressor + Christie/Chan @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm). ‘Experimental evening of jazz, punk and jazz-punk’.
Fri 26: Nomade Swing Trio @ Repas7 by Night, Berwick. 7:30pm. Free.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Sat 27: BBC Proms: BBC Introducing stage @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 12 noon. Free. Line-up inc. Nu Groove (2:00pm); Abbie Finn Trio (2:50pm); Dilutey Juice (3:50pm); SwanNek (5:00pm); Rivkala (6:00pm).
Sat 27: Nomade Swing Trio @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 27: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sat 27: Theon Cross + Knats @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 10:00pm. £22.00. BBC Proms: BBC Introducing Stage (Sage Two). A late night gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 28: Miss Jean & the Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Fonteyn Ballroom, Dunelm House (Durham Students’ Union), Durham. 2:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Nomade Swing Trio @ Red Lion, Alnmouth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Jazz Jam Sandwich! @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 28: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 28: Milne Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 30: ???

Wed 31: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 31: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 31: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

The Louis Dowdeswell Big Band @ Wigan Jazz Festival - July 10

It was going to take something special to match Friday evening's magnificent performance by the Simon Spillett Big Band. To close this year's Wigan Jazz Festival, event director Ian Darrington brought in the Louis Dowdeswell Big Band. Introducing Dowdeswell, Darrington said the last time trumpet players stood five deep at the bar was for the (now legendary) appearance by Maynard Ferguson. The Village on the Green was at capacity, literally standing room only. The sense of anticipation was palpable...

The band on stage, ready to go, the man-of-the-moment, Louis Dowdeswell, made a rock star entrance. Our man leapt onto the stage, arms aloft, to thunderous applause, all before the man blew a single note! During the course of two sets band leader Dowdeswell would plunder the the world of movie soundtracks, the classical canon and the full-on experience of Stan Kenton meets Maynard Ferguson meets Gordon Goodwin. Zero to Hero from Disney's Hercules opened the show. And what a show it would be! Playing high Cs and beyond is one thing, sustaining them over a long period with absolute precision is another. The sheer power of it all was something to behold. And that was Louis Dowdeswell. And to think Ryan Quigley, himself no shrinking violet, was leading a trumpet section comprising fellow A-listers Tom Walsh, Andy Greenwood and James Copus! Wow! 

Callum Au took the plaudits as arranger-in-chief and, for good measure, the ace 'bone man came down front of stage for a solo feature on Gershwin's How Long Has This Been Going On? Not to be out done, fellow trombonist Andy Wood stepped up to play There is No Greater Love on an unusual-looking instrument. Musicians in the audience couldn't identify it, one suggesting it could have been a bass flugelhorn. A rhythm section can make or break a big band. Dowdeswell's ace rhythm section couldn't be bettered - pianist Chris Eldred, bassist Laurence Ungless, percussionist James Turner and the amazing Joel Barford (drums).   

The reeds took it in turn to blow big time solos, from tenor saxophonist Nadim Teimoori's feature on Bridge Over Troubled Water (arr. Callum Au) to Graeme Blevins (tenor) to Simon Marsh and Howard McGill (Jumpsuit and Shades) on altos. Dowdeswell was keen to promote his new - as yet unrecorded - album which will reinterpret well known pieces of classical music. By way of preview, we were treated to full on Kenton/Ferguson bombast with movements from Carmen and Pictures at an Exhibition. Was it 'OTT'? It sure was! Hearing a big band play this stuff and play it brilliantly was a rare treat. Russell
The Louis Dowdeswell Big Band: Louis Dowdeswell (MD, trumpet), Tom Walsh, Ryan Quigley, Andy Greenwood, James Copus (trumpets); Tom Dunnett, Callum Au, Maddie Dowdeswell, Andy Wood (trombones); Nadim Teimoori, Graeme Blevins, Simon Marsh, Howard McGill, Gemma Moore (reeds); Chris Eldred (piano, keyboards); Laurence Ungless (double bass, bass); Joel Barford (drums); James Turner (percussion)

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