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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).

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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!"


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.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Al Wood Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - Jan. 15

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Al Wood (alto sax); Martin Longhawn (keys); Grant Russell (bass); Dave Hassell (drums).

This gig was supposed to be a quartet led by bass player Dave Lynane but due to illness Grant Russell stepped in as a last minute replacement.  The room was filling up nicely by 9:00pm and after a brief introduction Al Wood got things off to a great start with an uptempo version of Irving Berlin’s  Cheek to Cheek, a number that always makes me think of Phil Woods and his superb LP Live at the Showcase which I used to have in my record collection.

I liked all the tunes that Al selected and they covered a wide range of composers including Buddy Johnson, Bernie Miller, Lester Young, Benny Carter, Duke Jordan, Sonny Rollins, and Dizzy Gillespie.  If your taste in alto sax players includes Phil Woods, Art Pepper and Cannonball Adderley, you are sure to like Al Wood who I daresay has listened a lot to these legends. I always like to hear tunes that I’ve never heard before and one of these was a blues in F by Gerry Mulligan entitled Blue by BlueSt Thomas is a number more often done by tenor players so I found Al’s version an interesting take on Rollins' classic calypso.

During the second set I was pleased to hear that Martin Longhawn was to be featured on Body and Soul and he really sounded like he knew what he was doing and throughout the evening he was most impressive on what was I think his second appearance at this venue.  Grant Russell received much applause for his basswork and Dave Hassell who is well known throughout the UK for his work in education did some excellent brushwork on one of my favourite ballads Moonlight in Vermont, an early hit for Stan Getz and Johnny Smith many moons ago. The final tune was Gillespie’s Groovin’ High a good number to end a gig with and lets hope they all come back real soon. I usually mention who is playing next at the Railway but at the moment that is listed as TBA but on Sunday Jan 22 they have trumpeter Neil Yates with his Quartet. Mike Farmer


Cheek to Cheek; Save Your Love For Me; Blue by Blue; Moonlight in Vermont; Jordu; Tickletoe; When Lights Are Low; Bernie’s Tune; Body and Soul; St Thomas; Groovin’ High.

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