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Bebop Spoken There

Ambrose Akinmusire: “ I am certainly always aware of what the masses are doing. And when I see too many people going one way, I'm going another way - even when I don't know what's over that way". DownBeat, March, 2024.

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...

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


16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets:
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Tuesday, October 03, 2023

Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - Oct. 2

Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Brian Chester (piano); Dave Percy (bass); Scott Adair (drums) + Brian Lynham (harmonica); Matty McElvogue (trumpet); Maureen Hall, John Broddle, George (vocals)

Harmony Brass doesn't quite do what it says on the tin. Week-to-week Herbie Hudson provides the brass (trombone) and unless a sitter-in brings along some plumbing parts (saxophone, trumpet, trombone) that's about it in the brass department. What you do get with the resident band - Hudson, pianist Brian Chester, bassist Dave Percy and drummer Scott Adair - is a right old mix of right old numbers. And then there's the sitters-in...

Harmony Brass opened with Louisiana, yes, it was a Monday afternoon on Cullercoats Bay. The place was busy, more than, perhaps they were there for the raffle. Basin Street BluesGee Baby, Ain't I Good to You?, all of the band vocals handled by frontman Hudson. How Can You Face Me?Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me, the veteran Hudson kept the show moving along, sharing the soloist's spotlight with pianist Chester. The rhythm boys - Percy and Adair - didn't say much, in fact, they didn't say anything, preferring to get on with the job at hand.

My Mother's Eyes, featuring Brian Chester, prompted the mischievous Hudson to remind the audience they were listening to Richard Clayderman...Bobby Crush. Chester chose to ignore the jibe. In the run up to the interval and the much-anticipated raffle, No Time for Jive frontman Brian Lynham joined the party to play Georgia on my Mind. When's the last time two harmonicas featured on a gig? Probably the last time Lynham was down Cullercoats way.

The raffle came and went. The prizes going elsewhere. Resuming matters musical, Hudson sang There'll Be Some Changes Made. And, following that, some changes were made. Great to see Maureen Hall in the audience and, better still, our Rendezvous Jazz vocalist got up to sing a couple of numbers - Doctor Jazz and Ice Cream (the latter a vocal duet with the mischievous Hudson). The applause rang out.

Trumpeter Matty McElvogue joined the party to play Undecided followed by I'm Beginning to See the Light. Great stuff! Brian Lynham returned to regale all with Stormy Weather (sing along, now). If it's a Monday at the Crescent Club it's odds on John Broddle will put in an appearance. Sure enough, Mr B sang After You've Gone and a favourite of his and many in the audience, I'll See You in My Dreams. As the big hand approached three, it was rock 'n' roll medley time. It was time to go for the ever-unreliable Metro. Russell          

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