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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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Central Bar Sextet plays Kenny Dorham's 'Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia @ The Central Bar, Gateshead - Nov. 14

Pete Tanton (trumpet); Sue Ferris (tenor sax, flute); Giles Strong (guitar); Alan Law (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); John Bradford (drums) + jam session: Steve Summers (tenor sax); Ian Douglas (alto sax)

At long last an audience turned up at one Tyneside's best sessions. The Central Bar Quintet (this evening working as a sextet) guys have kept plugging away and they received just reward with a full house there to listen to a selection of numbers from Kenny Dorham's Blue Note album 'Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia. Pete Tanton as Dorham, Sue Ferris as JR Monterose, Giles Strong as Kenny Burrell, and the rhythm section, Alan Law as Bobby Timmons (no pressure!), Mick Shoulder taking the role of Sam Jones, and drummer John Bradford as Arthur Edgehill. 

Straight in, no messing, KD's Blues. Solos all - first Pete, then Sue, followed by Giles, Alan, Mick and John. Excellent stuff. And played to a crowd! Vernon Duke's Autumn in New York (Sue out), the Gershwins' Who Cares?, the session on Half Moon Lane is the one you really  shouldn't miss. A blazing Royal RoostMy Heart Stood Still taking it down, A Night in Tunisia taking it up and out. Yes, Half Moon Lane, second Monday in the month, it's the only game in town.

A jam session followed, with sitters-in, too! Sue Ferris called My Romance, Steve Summers Manhã de Carnival and Self-Portrait in Three Colors - hey a proper jam session! And then a first timer, meet Ian Douglas. Playing alto sax, our man opting to play a funky Georgia. Toe dipped into the world of the jam session, let's hope Ian gets along to the Black Swan's fortnightly session. Next month's Central Bar session will be on Monday 12th December. It's a prompt 7:30pm start, pay a fiver at the downstairs bar (get yourself a pint), then head up to the first floor, it's free admission if you plan to sit-in. Russell 

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