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Abbie Finn: "Even though there's a lot of great work being done to promote women in jazz, I still come up against some attitudes! I pulled up at a recording session with my drums in the car and the studio owner said, 'I'm sorry, this space is reserved for the drummer!'" - (Jazzwise April 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!"


15229 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 248 of them this year alone and, so far, 61 this month (March 20).

From This Moment On ...


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.

Tue 28: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 28: Sanaz Lavasani Trio @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv).

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, March 06, 2023

Gavin Barras Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - March 5

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Gavin Barras (bass); Matt Cliffe  (tenor sax/flute); Tom Harris (piano); Miles Pillinger (drums).

Gavin is frequently seen at the Railway playing in various bands but I can’t recall the last time he was here as a bandleader. He brought along for this Sunday evening gig three excellent musicians who were new to me and who were all from the Leeds area. Taking centre stage was tenor man Matt Cliffe who started the concert with an uptempo blues by Sonny Rollins,  Sonnymoon For Two. He was using a vintage Conn tenor and produced the big hard bop sound that I like to hear.  He also impressed with his take on Fats Waller’s great composition Jitterbug Waltz which he chose to play on flute.

As expected there were plenty of bass solos from Gavin who used his bow to good effect on the melody of Body and Soul and also took a long solo on Parker’s Dexterity during which he slid in some quotes from Steeplechase and Rhythm-a-ning.  The piano was in good hands with Tom Harris reminding me of Brubeck, Monk, and Dave Burrell who was active during the NYC loft scene. Actually I’ve just remembered I’ve seen the drummer Miles Pillinger playing here on two previous occasions so he is definitely not a new face to me. He is one guy to watch out for and he drove things along with his high energy approach.

In the second set we heard the Edgar Simpson tune Stompin' at the Savoy.  Why has this number become so popular with jazz groups recently? I’ve already heard three versions played at this venue in the past two weeks!  Gavin’s band did a fine version though. I wonder if Matt has heard Gene Ammons do this tune on his album, Boss Tenor? The final number was Blue Monk a blues that was used by the Ford Motor Co to introduce new models to their salesmen.  

The next jazz night at the Railway is March 7 with the Ed Kainyek Quartet  9:00pm-11:00pm. Mike Farmer


Sonnymoon For Two; Footprints; Dexterity; Jitterbug Waltz; It Could Happen to You; On Green Dolphin Street; All The Things You Are; Body and Soul; Stompin’ at the Savoy; Blue Monk.

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