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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.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel, North Tyneside - Nov. 5 (evening)

The final session of this year's Classic Jazz Party began with the second of two solo piano spots. This being Guy Fawkes it was fitting pianist Andrew Oliver was on hand to set sparks flying in a set comprising a few rarities from Willie 'The Lion' Smith, James P Johnson and others. Our man from Portland, Oregon well and truly lit the blue touch paper and it was over to Jazz Party debutant Jan Kaiser to keep the flame burning in a set directed by Claus Jacobi. Trumpeter Kaiser shared the stage with pianist A .Oliver, Michael McQuaid and Jacobi (reeds), Martin Wheatley (banjo and guitar) and Jazz Party favourite Malcolm Sked playing tuba.

Johnny Dodds on Chicago's South Side promised to swing like crazy and in a set lead by Matthias Seuffert it delivered big time. Sharing front line duties with Torstein Kubban (trumpet) and Alistair Allan (trombone) Seuffert swung it ably supported by Andrew Oliver, the Frenchmen Félix Hunot (banjo, guitar) and Henry Lemaire (string bass) and, cleaning up at the back, Nick Ward (washboard). 

When a little naughtiness is called for, call Spats LanghamListen to the 'Banned' entertained a full house, hanging on every word from Ukulele Ike, Harry Roy and others. Langham's naughty boys - Seuffert, Wheatley and Sked - left the stage to great applause. Funny old world, eh? 

And so to the grand finale...Sensation Stomp - Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra. Something like twenty three musicians took to the stage to play the charts of Bill Challis and Ferde Grofé as written for Paul Whiteman. Set leader Claus Jacobi made good use of the late Keith Nichols' library to bring to life the music of one of the most famous of the era. Josh Duffee picked up the baton to direct the ensemble, suffice to say, the finale was a roaring success! 

And that was that, except for the little matter of another late night in the bar. Yes, the third and final jam session was a last chance for musicians and audience to blow, cheer and holler with demob-happy abandon. Two late nights done, we were still standing, one more to go. The hotel bar was packed, ties untied, jackets off, beers in hand, smiles, it had all the makings. Instruments were picked up and swopped - who knew he/she played that instrument?! It was all good fun, some seriously good playing and a surprise or two. 

A young man from these here parts had brought along his 'bone, hoping he might get the nod. After a while, the gracious Alistair Allan, trombone slung over his arm, wandered over: You've got your horn. You want to play? Our man, that's Showtime, didn't need to be asked twice! Up jumped David Gray and there he was, blowing with A. Allan of Classic Jazz Party fame. Fantastic! And then there was Félix Hunot, banjo virtuoso, leaping to his feet to take a vocal - how good was that?! 

Gone midnight out on the street the fireworks were petering out, here in the Village Hotel bar it was an altogether different matter. Jack Calloway (clarinet) attempted to blow the roof off, John Youngs of Tenement Jazz Band fame sat in, swapping banjo licks with Martin Wheatley and others, and then there was Nicolle Rochelle and many, many others. Yes, it was a star-studded farewell to the 2023 Classic Jazz Party. Same time, same place next year, that's Nov. 1 - 3, 2024. Russell (all photos from jam session.)           

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