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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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Tue 30: Celebrate with Newcastle Jazz Co-op. 5:30-7:00pm. Free.
Tue 30: Swing Manouche @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. A Coquetdale Jazz event.
Tue 30: Clark Tracey Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.

Thursday, March 02, 2023

Wayne Shorter (August 25, 1933 - March 2, 2023)

The sad news is out that Wayne Shorter passed away earlier today. One of the major innovators of the post hard bop school via his work with Miles, Weather Report and his own various quartets he became the keeper of the flame sparked by Coltrane whilst maintaining his own identity.

I saw him but the once - at a 2013 London Jazz Festival concert at the Barbican where he defied his then 80 years with a memorable first set performance. The second set saw him with the BBC Concert Orchestra which, despite his playing, paled by comparision. 

Still the memory of that first set will remain with me until I join him. In the meantime, I've the albums with Blakey, Miles, his legendary Blue Note album Speak No Evil and my own favourite  Without a Net to remember him by. The latter title absolutely sums up his playing.

Rest In Peace. Lance


Russell said...

I was lucky enough to hear Wayne twice with Weather Report and, on another occasion, at the long-since closed Riverside on Melbourne Street in Newcastle where he appeared with his band featuring a young Cyrus Chestnut on piano.

Steve T said...

Many years ago I had a video about Trane which featured Wayne saying people in the audience used to shout to him 'go ahead young young John Coltrane'. Nowadays people are more likely to say the Second Great Quintet are the greatest small jazz group ever though - with apologies to Maestro Ellington - I'd happily omit the word small. Other members of the band were increasingly writing music for this band and particularly Wayne Shorter and I suspect this was why Miles started sub-titling the albums 'Directions in Music by Miles Davis.'

While he undoubtably took a back seat in Weather Report from album three onwards allowing Maestro Zawinul to forge ahead, this was one of two bands virtually everybody agrees were the greatest in the whole of Jazz/Funk/Rock/Fusion. Prior to both Shorter was one of the greatest Jazz Messenger of all and had an illustrious solo career throughout.

I too was at that gig at the Barbican and I'm guessing Lance was also tempted by the Sonny Rollins gig the following night which ended up being cancelled. I think it's fair to say he liked it more than me; the first set was okay, it was fine, though he didn't contribute much, but I didn't even last the whole of the second set. He didn't need to perform with an orchestra to be a 'serious' musician and composer.

Recently I read somewhere that there used to be an all but official acceptance that Jazz had produced a magnificent seven jazz tenor players. With apologies to Mr Getz, I find it unthinkable that such a list wouldn't now include Wayne Shorter.

Anonymous said...

Stan Getz was in the top 7 and not Wayne? Messed up

Steve T said...

I think this Magnificent Seven was devised before Wayne, or at least before lots of Wayne.

Anonymous said...

Still the fact that Stan Getz would get a mention is nothing more than institutionalised racism quite frankly ...
Trane , Joe Henderson, Dexter, sonny, coleman Hawkins , Ben Webster , Lester Young, Hank Mobley ,
Getz isn't realistically in the top 20 let alone top 7

Bill Monty said...

Racism works two ways as your list shows. Stan Getz should be on anyone's list along with Tubby Hayes.

Anonymous said...

Even if your favourites are Tubby Hayes and Stan Getz, you still can’t have them above Trane, Wayne, Joe, Dexter, Hank Mobley, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Golson , Sonny . It’s not racist to say that. It’s black American music - the greats of the music are in the whole not white and not English so ,to include either Getz or Hayes over Wayne is very offensive. It’s ok to be more into them in terms of taste but not at all in terms of importance to the black art form that is jazz.

Dexter Gordon
Sonny Rollins
Wayne Shorter
Joe Henderson
Lester Young
Coleman Hawkins
Hank Mobley
Ben Webster

I challenge anyone to swap any of these artists with a white tenor player in terms of importance to the lineage, with a reason that is more than just personal taste.

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