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Bebop Spoken There

Branford Marsalis: "As ignorance often forces us to do, you make a generalisation about a musician based on one specific record or one moment in time." - (Jazzwise June 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!"


15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 13: Infusion Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Tue 13: Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv.).

Saturday, May 06, 2023

Cheltenham Musings 3

Last day in Cheltenham so we headed (again) for the main site and listened to some more school orchestras. I was just explaining my theory to Steve that these school bands all played the same tunes in the same way every time when the band on stage started an insidious version of Birdland. We listened to them going everywhere except the main riff in the song. I think they visited every land but Bird. It was a refreshing arrangement almost as if the arranger had decided to punch some holes in my theory so, points to him and the kids.

By this time on Monday the choice of remaining acts was limited. I’d suggested going to see Laura Mvula. I like her voice and she’s an exceptionally talented musician. Other artists on in the big top that week had included Mika, Van Morrison and Will Young. As I wouldn’t go to my shed to hear Mika or Will Young and Van was prone to grumpiness during his performance, coupled with the train timetable, it was to be our only gig in the main big top tent.

For her performance she wore something that looked like large Austrian blinds that had been rescued following an explosion at the Brentford Nylons’ factory. Her music had lost its edge since I had seen her at the Tyneside Opera House around the time she had been nominated for a Mercury for her first album. At times the arrangements were for three keyboards and drums; there was a lot of eighties' sheen to it. It would have been better with maybe a saxophonist or guitarist to occasionally take it in a different direction or to add some alternative textures. Steve summed it up later – “I liked everything about her music apart from the way it sounded,” he said.

We paid a last visit to the Record Store Tent, this time with our spending boots on. I picked out a couple whilst Steve was soon seen to be wandering around like the fat mouse in Disney’s Cinderella with a large pile of CDs tucked under his chin. This was whittled down to six or seven and the plastic was flashed.  

It had been my first visit to Cheltenham Jazz Festival and, depending on the timing and who’s on, I’ll be back next year. It seems a strange juxtaposition that most of the artists with the largest audiences in the biggest tent are not really jazz artists, but I assume they bring the punters in and that helps pay for the others. It’s an unusual festival where the fringe artists are the best known names.

Cheltenham Musings 2024 to follow this time next year. Dave Sayer

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