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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!"


15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party: London Blues - the Savoy Havana Band + Too Late? Never! - King Oliver 1929-1930 + The Professor + Tubas in the Moonlight + Saturday Night Pub Jam. Nov. 5

Day two of the 2022 Classic Jazz Party opened with London Blues - the Savoy Havana Band. It was noon at the Village Hotel as the ever-smiling Nick Ball led the session from his vintage kit (skulls, probably bock-a-da-bocks, the lot) transporting the full house and an on-stage all-star line-up (when isn't it 'all-star'?) including local hero Emma Fisk to London's Savoy in the early twenties (that's last century, of course). 

Mid-afternoon Claus Jacobi presented Too Late? Never? - King Oliver 1929-1930. Conversation in the bar suggested this was the set everyone wanted to hear. A standing room only audience chuckled at Jacobi's amusing commentary. As for the ensemble, wow! American hot shots Andy Schumm (cornet), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), David Boeddinghaus (piano) and drummer Josh Duffee revelled in the music of the great Joe 'King' Oliver. Frenchman Félix Hunot's piston-like precision banjo playing alongside CJP favourite Malcolm Sked's sonorous tuba work were an object lesson in rhythm section duties. 

Multi-instrumentalist Mauro Porro made a long-overdue return to the CJP and in addition to his outstanding contribution on reeds, the personable Italian produced a tremendous performance as Saturday evening's piano 'professor'. Earlier in the day Mauro confided in your correspondent that he had chosen to play some difficult charts and was, perhaps, a little apprehensive about performing to a packed hall. Our man need not have worried, the reception accorded him said it all. Bravo!

Tubas in the Moonlight featured not one, not two, not three, but four tubas. Who's idea was this?! Step forward Richard Pite. Joining Mr Pite were Malcolm SkedPhil Rutherford and Graham Hughes. Pianist  Martin Litton supplied a chordal foundation as the tuba boys set about having some big brass fun. At one point Mr Pite left the hall with his tuba. Where had he gone? This being Guy Fawkes (remember, remember, this was the 5th of November), Pite was about to produce a literally incendiary performance. At a given signal, curtains opened and there was Pite on the patio with a flame-throwing tuba! How he did it remains a trade secret.  

As the clock struck eleven the capacity audience made a bee line for the bar. The Saturday Night Pub Jam was about to get under way. New Yorker Mike Davis was to lead the session with Portland, Oregon-resident Andrew Oliver at the upright. From here on in it was nothing short of sensational. BSH's readership will know all about the Black Swan jam sessions down the road in Newcastle. Invariably one loses count of the number of sitters-in, here at the Village Hotel it was all the more difficult to keep track of who was playing what and when with instruments being swapped mid-number. Highlights were many but right up there were Roya Naldi  and the brilliant Analucia TomassoLucas Ferrari (see photo) from Argentina sitting-in on piano, the rhythm sections (plural) and to top it off, young cornetist Magnus Pickering (pictured). What a day! What a night! It was once again silly o'clock, time to sleep for a couple of hours, no more. Russell

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