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Bebop Spoken There

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).

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!"


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.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Pubs, books and smartphones

When taking my occasional afternoon libation as I sometimes do, if I'm not watching one of Sunderland or Newcastle United's strikers blast the ball over the crossbar (I've often wondered if they've ever considered rugby as an alternative form of employment?) I'm usually cosied up in a corner reading a book.

This could be a crime novel by Michael Connolly whose hero Harry Bosch is invariably listening to Art Pepper, Frank Morgan and other jazz icons in between bringing killers to justice and, usually getting laid in the process. Or I could be re-reading Evan Hunter's Second Ending for the millionth time. Then again I could be reading DownBeat, the April edition of which includes a letter from yours truly - just mentioning in passing.

This, I suspect, to the other lonesome travellers, signals me out as an oddball. Reading a book when I could have my eyes glued to a smartphone! It wouldn't matter if it was a previously undiscovered Shakespeare folio or a paperback edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls that I was reading they would still be bemused - that is if they ever took their eyes away from their phones other than to order a pint of Stella.

How did these people survive before the advent of the mobile phone? Life must have been tough back in the day when if you  wanted to ring your wife or your loved one from a public phone you found that it had either been vandalised or, if you did get through, just as you get to the raison d'etre of your call the operator "says 40 cents more for the next three minutes" and, of course, you've only got a nickel or a lousy dime.

At the moment I'm reading Stuart Maconie's 2008 book Pies and Prejudice in which he he takes a Bryson-like look at towns and cities in the north. He doesn't reach the north east until one of the latter chapters which I have yet to read although I'm sure it will be interesting as, having read one of his previous books, Long Road from Jarrow: A journey through Britain then and now, he will have done his homework well.

Musically speaking, although not an out and out jazzer Maconie is clued up on music in general and has long been heard on various BBC (hiss...) radio shows.

Pick up a copy of any of his books and I guarantee it will be almost as enjoyable as listening to a Gary Lineker commentary used to be! Lance

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