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Bebop Spoken There

Delfeayo Marsalis: "Slide Hampton once told me that it's not always the person that is playing the highest or playing the fastest that's making the greatest impact." - (DownBeat March 2023).

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!"


15217 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 236 of them this year alone and, so far, 49 this month (March 16).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 20: Central Bar Quintet plays Wes Montgomery @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Feat. Joe Steels.

Tue 21: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 21: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Jamie Watkins (bass guitar); Bailey Rudd (drums).

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). Note change of venue - this week only.
Wed 22: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00-6:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcasatle. From 6:30pm 'til late. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Thu 23: Kerrin Tatman + John Garner & John Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Sunna Gunnlaugs & Julia Hülsmann @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm. A two-piano gig. A Sage Gateshead-JNE promotion.
Thu 23: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano.
Thu 23: Sleep Suppressor @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00., £8.00. adv. Upstairs.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Mo' Better Blues @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.
Fri 24: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Scarth Hall, Staindrop, Co. Durham. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 24: Archipelago + Bulbils @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Vermont Big Band @ Walker Community Centre, Walker, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for Benfield Juniours Football Club. Hot food available, BYOB.
Sat 25: John Logan & Friends @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Rat Pack, Motown etc. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Outlines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party: Tribute to Mike and Awards Ceremony + The Professor + Teddy Wilson Small Groups + Friday Night Pub Jam. Nov.4

The first of three non-stop days of jazz began with the now traditional Tribute to Mike and Awards Ceremony. Trumpeter Enrico Tomasso led the session paying tribute to Classic Jazz Party (formerly Whitley Bay Jazz Festival) founder, the late Mike Durham. An all-British outfit, augmented by the brilliant American drummer Josh Duffee, played a half hour set prior to the Village Hotel audience being introduced to the recipient of the 2022 Young Talent Award winner, Curtis Volp (see photo). The sellout crowd looked forward to hearing Curtis (guitar, banjo) at various junctures over the long weekend. 
Making his CJP debut, Colin Good was accorded the honour of being Friday evening's piano 'professor'. The first of three CJP pianists awarded professorial status, Mr Good made a big impression. 

Later in the evening another fine pianist, Martin Litton, presented a wonderful tribute to Teddy Wilson - Teddy Wilson Small Groups - focussing upon Wilson's small group sessions from 1935 - 1944. Don't Be That Way (comp. Benny Goodman & Edgar Sampson) introduced another CJP debutant, string bassist ('string bass', this is the Classic Jazz Party, you know!), Harry Evans. Take it as read, the man was a revelation. Hopefully he'll be invited to participate in future editions of the CJP. Flying Home had to be in Litton's set and it was. A cracking set, Litton's sidemen, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso (another debutant, most impressive), trombonist Christoph Hermann (yet another first timer, coming from Germany's classical music world), Jean François Bonnel, Lars Frank (a CJP favourite, a multi-talented, multi-reedsman), French rhythm king Félix Hunot (banjo, guitar) and Richard Pite (à la batterie, as our French friends might say) more than played their part.               
The day's final concert in the main hall finished at 11:00pm but that didn't mean it was time for bed, far from it. A rip-roaring jam session was about to begin in the bar. A pint of Guinness, please! All seats taken, standing room at the bar, trumpet ace Malo Mazurié was to lead the session. And what a session it would be! 

N'Awlins-based pianist David Boeddinghaus guaranteed a rollicking, paddle steamer, stride masterclass as one soloist after another stepped up to blow the roof off the place. The cast list would take an age to list, suffice to say, as the Guinness went down, pint after pint, the ever-changing rhythm section built up a head of steam and kept going into the night. Mazurié's fellow trumpeter,
 Torstein Kubban is just the sort to have on a jam session, his blistering attack had the crowded bar whooping 'n' a hollerin'. It was silly o'clock in the early hours of Saturday morning when it all came to an end. It would soon be time for an early breakfast. Russell       

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