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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!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Friday, June 02, 2023

Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar - June 1

Merlin Roxby (piano)

St Louis Blues opened Merlin Roxby's latest appearance here on Pink Lane. Fashionably late, our ragtime pianist explained that having set off for Prohibition Bar he dashed home to pick up his own preferred piano stool!Merlin's approach is to play a tune, not say a word, play another tune, not say a word, play a...

Patrick McHale's Into the UnknownLeft Bank Two (the theme to Vision On), clearly our pianist isn't bound by the book! Hallelujah I Love Her So, Joplin's Swipesy Cakewalk (excellent), at times there's an elegance to Merlin's playing, Randy Newman's You Got a Friend in Me, this was a typically eclectic Merlin Roxby set list. 

A young punter sidled over, phone in hand, pointing to the screen. Merlin took a look, quickly shaking his head. The clear message: I don't take requests. Excellent! Top Cat (composer Hoyt Curtin) is a fixture in the set, Maple Leaf Rag is well within Merlin's compass, similarly Benny the Bouncer (check our ELP). 

Hoagy's Heart and Soul a highlight, Ahmet Ertegun's Mess Around (an early career Ray Charles' number), Merlin Roxby is an emerging talent. Catch him next time (Saturday 10 June) at Prohibition Bar.         
There must be musicians out there who have arrived at a gig having forgotten to pack a trumpet, saxophone, piano (unlikely), double bass (equally unlikely), drum kit (most unlikely) or some other instrument. It's confession time! Russell   

1 comment :

Lance said...

I recall Roy Williams turning up at the Lockerbie Jazz Festival only, upon opening up his case. to discover he'd left the slide half of his trombone at home! Fortunately, Herbie Hudson was on hand to loan him his instrument!

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