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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Fishwick: “I can’t get behind the attitude that new is always somehow better than old”. (Jazz Journal, April 15, 2019).

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.


16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

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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