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Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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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!"

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.


16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Album review: Nicki Leighton-Thomas - One Good Scandal

Nicki Leighton-Thomas (vocals); Simon Wallace (piano); Alec Dankworth (bass); Rod Youngs, Mike Pickering or Roy Dodds (drums); Dave O’Higgins (saxes); Paul Stacey (guitar); Steve Waterman (trumpet); Gary Hammond (percussion).   

Regular visitors to BSH will be well aware of how enamoured I am of the lyrics of Fran Landesman. She managed to combine the sophistication of Cole Porter with the contemporary insight of Joni Mitchell, the humour of Dave Frishberg and the street realism of Tom Waits whilst still retaining her own, distinctive, identity.

Pianist Wallace combined with Landesman to add the music to many of her lyrics and the result is surely the greatest pairing of words and music since Rodgers and Hart.

Last year I raved over Sarah Moule's Landesman album Stormy Emotions. Moule and Wallace are husband and wife and were friends of Fran so it's not surprising that that album turned out so well.

Nor is it surprising that this album has turned out so well either. Leighton-Thomas and Wallace have musical history and a love of these songs. Nicki has an endearing voice - at times a Blossom endearing voice - that just takes the lyric and gives it the meaning that the songwriter intended.

The icing on the cake is provided by Dave O'Higgins (soon to be heard with SSBB at Hoochie on Oct. 23) on tenor and soprano, Steve Waterman (overdue a return to Newcastle) on trumpet and Paul Stacey on guitar who has some nifty solos as well as having recorded with Nicki in duo format earlier this century. One of the numbers they played then was The Secret of Silence revisited and updated here.

Sarah or Nicki? That is the question. The answer is simple - both! They complement each other without duplication and both albums are among the definitive works of a great lyricist - Lance

Release date Oct. 7 on 33 Jazz Records. Launch on Oct. 9 at Playground Theatre, London. 

Semi Detached; One Good Scandal; Overture to Corrupt and Deprave; Did we Have Any Fun?; The Secret of Silence; It's Only a Movie; Hyde Side Blues; Depravity; This Little Love; Don't Fall in Love With me; The Girl You Can't Forget; Stranger. 

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