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Bebop Spoken There

Ambrose Akinmusire: “ I am certainly always aware of what the masses are doing. And when I see too many people going one way, I'm going another way - even when I don't know what's over that way". DownBeat, March, 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.


16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets:
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Don't knock the rock until you know where it's been!

Before they became pop/rock stars many future icons began in a jazz environment - here are a few.

Bing Crosby: Bing began as part of The Rhythm Boys with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra that included Bix, Trumbauer, the Dorseys and Eddie Lang. Bing always had a jazzy twist to his voice back then. Conversely, Sinatra's jazz sense only emerged many years later with the help of Nelson Riddle.

Nat Cole: The Nat Cole Trio was, perhaps, the swingingest trio around in the 1940s. However, once he signed with Capitol, became 'King' Cole and recorded million-sellers like Mona Lisa and Too Young with lavish  string accompaniments, the jazz slipped off the radar despite his being, arguably, the first great bebop jazz pianist.

Frankie Laine: The first of 'The Shouters' as opposed to the smooth and oftimes sickly sentimentality of Sinatra, Fisher and Co(mo). Laine began singing in Chicago joints with Muggsy Spanier. His early recordings, issued here on Oriole, were very jazz oriententated but, once he moved to Colombia where Mitch Miller ruled,  jazz disappeared - Sinatra too suffered under Miller.

Despite the emergence of Bill Haley and Elvis the jazz based pop idols moved across the Atlantic to the UK (or England as I thought of it then - still do!)

Lonnie Donegan: He played banjo and guitar with Chris Barber's New Orlean's style band. Just another sideman until Barber let him loose on an old Leadbelly number - Rock Island Line. It sold and, before you knew it, he was on TV singing numbers such as My Old Man's a Dustman and Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavour on the Bedpost Overnight? Leadbelly, I suspect, was turning over in his grave and thinking, why didn't I record that shit?

Eric Burden: Came to fame with The Animals and, later, War. He had/has maybe the earthiest/funkiest sound ever to come out of Newcastle and scorch America. It all began singing with bands in and around Tyneside.

Sting: Also began in Newcastle playing bass guitar with the Newcastle Big Band, the Phoenix Jazzmen and Last Exit. He formed The Police and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Ginger Baker: Often  referred to as the greatest rock drummer of all-time, Baker's earliest recordings were with Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen in 1957 where he provided the rhythmic impetus to such gems as I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus and The Old Grey Mare - Cream was a long way away... 

Charlie Watts: The Rolling Stones were all into blues but Charlie was the only one who was truly a jazzman at heart. When fame and fortune provided the opportunity he assembled an amazing ensemble for a concert in Fulham Town Hall. You wanna hear a big band playing Flying Home? Forget about Hamp - this is it!

Georgie Fame: Not sure if Georgie qualifies. Although he had massive hits like my favourite Bonnie and Clyde (he hates it!) he's always managed to keep a foot in both worlds but, I guess, he probably wouldn't have had one without the other and he's still going strong -ish. 

Amy Winehouse: To many ears, mine included, Amy's was the greatest UK jazz voice ever. From her beginnings with NYJO, to her now treasured albums, Amy proved that, like so many of the others in this post, if you had it at the start, it never left you irrespective of where that road led. Lance

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