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Bebop Spoken There

Billy Boy Arnold: “As long as you don't think old you're good.” - DownBeat, December, 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!"

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


16061 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1068 of them this year alone and, so far, 22 this month (Dec. 11).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Wed 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 13: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 13: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 13: Bold Big Band @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Hot Fingers @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 14: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. . Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 14: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Mo Scott ‘Little Mo’s Festive Appearance’ @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland, Josh Bentham, Garry Hadfield, Adrian Beadnell @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 15: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: Paul Skerritt @ Black Horse Inn, Crook. From 7:00pm.
Fri 15: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ St Cuhtbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm. £15.00. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Fri 15: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £12.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 15: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. First night of two. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £10.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: Baghdaddies @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £14.00.; £10.00.

Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 2:00pm. A Jazzy Christmas + Jambone.
Sat 16: Porritt & Barrett & Friends Xmas Special @ Cullercoats Watch House. 7:00pm. £4.00.
Sat 16: Milne-Glendinning Band @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 16: Red Kites Jazz Band @ The Staithes Café, Gateshead. 7:00pm--9:00pm.
Sat 16: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Ellingham Village Hall, Chathill. 7:30pm. £12.00., £8.00.
Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 16: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Second night of two.

Sun 17: Red Kites Jazz Band @ Gibside Chapel, nr. Rowlands Gill. 1:00-2:30pm.
Sun 17: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 17: Revolutionaires @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Rock ‘n’ roll excellence!
Sun 17: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Alehouse, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 17: The Globe Xmas Party @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Multi-bill inc. David Gray’s Flextet + jam session.
Sun 17: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £17.00., £15.00.
Sun 17: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Amble Parish Hall. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sun 17: Snake Davis Trio @ St John’s Hall, Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. from 07766 037893.

Mon 18: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 18: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Saturday, September 09, 2023

A Study in Frustration

No, this isn't a reference to the legendary four LP set that acknowledged the importance of, arguably, the first great big band leader and arranger, Fletcher Henderson. Having said that, anyone out there who'd like to post something about Henderson please do so as this is what BSH was intended to be all about in the first place, hence my own frustration.

Okay, so Henderson wasn't a bopper although he did record with perhaps the original bopper Charlie Christian, that's by the by. My original intention was to set up a blog where musicians and fans  could chat and share opinions rather than to become a listing of local gigs and repetitive reviews of local bands and albums by bands from both here and abroad.

I know trying to compete with Facebook is an impossible task - they said that when David got into the ring with Goliath - which is why I share BSH blogs on F/b which keeps us in the fight. However, that's as maybe and nobody's ever going to beat the behemoth that is F/b although I do hear a rustling in the undergrowth ...

What I'm trying to get across here is that, whilst we will continue to review and list gigs, albums and whatever it would help to ease my frustration if you could email me your thoughts and opinions on any jazz related subject, other than self-promotion, that is suitable for posting. Lance (


Steve Andrews said...

As a total Fletcher Henderson fan, I agree he wasn't a bopper but would note that in the 1940s he employed, amongst others, Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, Linton Garner, Ed Gregory (Sahib Shihab), and Sun Ra, along with many less well-known but worthy young swing-to-boppers. Check out the 1944/45 airshows on YouTube. Smack's last band in 1950 featured the wonderful Lucky Thompson on tenor!

Tony Charlton said...

This post prompted me to dig out one of my favourite 78s - My Gal Sal / Business In F by The Stokers Of Hades (aka Fletcher Henderson) on Parlophone R1196. To my now-antiquated ears, this offers superior sound quality to what is available on the 1961 LP set or subsequent CD reissues.

I have heard Steve Andrews play Business In F with the NCRO. Given that this piece is the work of Archie Bleyer, known in his words as "King Of The Stocks", would this indicate that the arrangement is still currently published? Having read up a bit on Mr.Bleyer, I
find that by the late 1950s he was the father-in-law of an Everly Brother and producer of the duo's famous hits, having had a hit
of his own a little earlier with Hernando's Hideaway. All of which is a far cry from Coleman Hawkins just over twenty years earlier!

Business In F didn't make it to the Frustration set neither, perhaps more surprisingly, did It's The Talk Of The Town, Hawkins' first fully-fledged ballad solo on record. Does anyone have any suggestions why? Some anti-Hawkins bias on the part of John Hammond maybe...

Steve Andrews said...

Re: Tony Charlton's comment, yes, the NCRO played Business in F off the Archie Bleyer stock arrangement (perhaps altered a bit by Dave Kerr, I can't remember now). I doubt that the stock is still available, but Dave seems to have the happy knack of finding them from his sources around the world! I DO remember starting it on the wrong note at Whitley Bay Jazz Festival - because the title is Business in F, I was thinking in concert key, and started on a C rather than a D (concert C on Tenor sax). Sadly for me, this cock-up is for ever immortalised on Youtube! Thanks for the fascinating further history on Bleyer, too.

As to why Hammond omitted those two great Henderson tracks on the LP set, I guess it was simply down to space available and the positive wealth of material that Fletcher left on record. They were both recorded on Columbia, so would certainly have been candidates. It's perhaps strange that he omitted Talk of The Town because it was from a session for English Columbia & Parlophone that Hammond arranged and supervised, so perhaps it WAS anti-Hawkins bias on his part - he certainly was a Lester Young man after the mid-'30s!

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