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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!"


15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

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 @ Prohibiton 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.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

I Remember Jurek

In the 1960s, 1970s the jazz spot to be seen in in Newcastle was the New Orleans Club on Forth Banks - just a short walk from the current hive of jazz activities, the Globe.

The club, as the name implies was, originally, a trad jazz fortress. However, more modern bands eventually stormed the parapets and the venue became home to all forms of jazz as was current at the time.

Mighty Joe Young had a modern bop-orientated band, the Newcastle Big Band was conceived there and I also recall hearing Ronnie Scott with the Pete Jacobson Trio.

The whole shebang was run by a jazz loving Pole called Jurek.

Jurek who? That is the jackpot question, Everyone remembers him but, although I have had a few approximate guesses, I have yet to find anyone who can actually recall his surname. 

Can you? Lance


BIll Gallon said...

Hi Lance

It was I am fairly certain something like Jakinski....I have a story to tell if you want it


Lance said...

Yes Bill, I know a few who have said "it was something like ...!"
I was looking for something more exact. Nevertheless, I'd love to hear your story.

Brian Bennett said...

Definitely Jurek RACZYNSKI

Derrick Cogger said...

Brian is correct. Jurek Rasynski. Not sure of the spelling though. Then there was young Jurek his son.
Solly did a great impression of Jurek but that is for the bar not BSH like many of the yet untold tales of the bands. Jurek was at the centre of things at Melbourne St. and at Forth Banks and I have a memento
given by him as a wedding present on behalf of the N.O club some 58 years ago.

Derrick Cogger said...

Further thoughts on Jurek. He had a tough time at first living at the Polish hotel on Elswick Road and running a fish and chip shop up at the west end before taking the job of running Melbourne Street. I can still hear his accent describing characters as "worrrky tickets" and " I see Cheek in cloob ". Following the demise of Forth Banks life turned a happy corner for Jurek. He met and married a Polish lady named Danousha and moved to a posh estate near Chester-le-St. Then a further deserved stroke of luck came along in his appointment as technical translator to an English Company dealing with a company in Poland. A genuine guy. well remembered.


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