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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.

Monday, November 13, 2023

The Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel, North Tyneside - Nov. 4 (evening)

Saturday evening opened with the first of this year's Piano Professor setsAt the Kawai grand, Morten Gunnar Larsen. Most recently heard at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a guest of the all-conquering Tenement Jazz Band, Larsen presented a masterclass in rags, stomps and numbers from the Caribbean and South America. In a brief ceremony, the 2023 Classic Jazz Party Young Talent Award was presented to David Hermlin. Graciously accepting the honour, we would be hearing more from the Berlin based musician later in the evening. 

A King Oliver Centenary ensured yet another attentive, full house. Claus Jacobi is a King Oliver specialist and this hour long set completed his series of concerts celebrating Joseph Nathan 'King' Oliver. The repertoire is well known, however, this being the Classic Jazz Party the focus of this session was on the unfamiliar - Oliver's unissued sides. Three of the Jazz Party's American heavyweights were deployed - Messrs. Andy Schumm (cornet), Dan Barrett (trombone), Andrew Oliver (piano) - making for a great set.

Wail of the Five Birmingham Babies presented the California Ramblers in disguise. David Horniblow led the session playing bass sax (adopting the role of Adrian Rollini minus the hot fountain pen and goofus!). Another three US hot shots were drafted in in the form of New Yorker Mike Davis (trumpet), from the Crescent City, pianist David Boeddinghaus and from Davenport, Iowa, the brilliant Josh Duffee (drums). 

Paris based actor/singer Nicolle Rochelle reunited with Claus Jacobi to present Young Woman's Blues. Bessie Smith's early vocals with Clarence Williams formed the basis of their set, Jacobi assisted by Mauro Porro in the reeds, drummer Richard Pite swapping his kit and skulls for tuba, the lean Nick Ward behind the traps. Ms Rochelle is a favourite here at the Village Hotel, whatever she turns her hand to, it's with the Midas touch. 

In the early thirties Louis Armstrong spent several months performing and recording under a Californian sun. Trumpeter, indeed, Armstrong specialist, Rico Tomasso presented Memories of Louis in California. Working with an international, all-star, twelve piece band, the hugely popular Tomasso succeeded in bringing to life the music - trumpet and vocals - of perhaps the most famous name in jazz, Mr Louis Armstrong. A great set met with a great reception. 

And that was it. Not quite! The second of three late night jam sessions was about to begin in the hotel bar. A first row table reserved, the first of more than a couple of pints of Guinness (it takes an age to pour Ireland's national beer), the house band, led by Mike Davis (trumpet), played a few numbers before opening the floor to a succession of wonderfully talented sitters-in. They came from far and wide - Bristol, London, North America, South America - and each and every one of them played a blinder. From Bristol, the rabble-rousing Jack Calloway (clarinet) impressed, as did the Pickerings - that's Magus (trumpet, pictured) and Daniel (trombone) - of the Windy City Weatherbirds. And then there was the Young Talent Award winner, David Hermlin. A fantastic drummer, tap dancer and more, it was way past silly o'clock when the lights went up. It would soon be time for breakfast... Russell   

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