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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.

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

The Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel, North Tyneside - Nov. 3 (afternoon)

At noon on Friday That's a Plenty got things off to a fine start. By tradition the first concert proper is a Tribute to Mike (the late Mike Durham, who's name is above the door, ran the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival, forerunner to the Classic Jazz Party). His good friend Spats Langham did the honours, sharing the stage with CJP veterans (young and old), French trumpeter Malo Mazurié,  Alistair Allan (trombone), from Italy, Mauro Porro (reeds), Martin Litton (at the Kawai grand), Londoner Richard Pite (tuba, string bass) and the man from Davenport, Iowa, Josh Duffee (drums). To a man, they all knew Mike, they all knew what this tribute was about.

Tribute to Mike would be the first of seven sets during the afternoon (throughout the weekend the turn-around time between sets would be minimal with musicians vacating/assuming their seats without a second to spare). Presented by Michael McQuaidThe NORK and their Circle surveyed the output of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Hot jazz, in a hot, if not stuffy, hall, performed by A-listers, including Chicagoan And Schumm (cornet), from N'Awlins, pianist David Boeddinghaus, from Milan, Lorenzo Baldasso (reeds) making his CJP debut, and local lad, Phil Rutherford (tuba). A terrific set!  

Dan Barrett presented his Continental Connection taking a broad bush approach to 'neglected gems from the late 1920s and early 1930s'. Deed I Do a highlight, yes, indeed. 

In from Portland, Oregon, pianist Andrew Oliver worked in trio format alongside David Horniblow (clarinet) and the ever-smiling period percussion specialist Nicholas D. Ball, their half-hour set examining Jelly Roll Morton's clarinet/piano/drums sides. 

Trumpeter Malo Mazurié led an enticing-looking set...Dickie Wells Meets Django. Featuring Dan Barrett as Dickie Wells and Félix Hunot as Django Reinhardt (Mazurié, Norwegian Torstein Kubban and New Yorker Mike Davis, trumpets, the session focussed upon the 1937 meeting of the two giants of jazz.

Nicolle Rochelle (pictured) assumed the role of Eva Taylor in a set looking at the singer's relationship, musically and personally, with Clarence Williams (they were a married couple). Shout, Sister! Eva Taylor & Clarence Williams (the penultimate set of the afternoon) featured the principals and Malo Mazurié (trumpet), Graham Hughes (trombone), the reeds of Claus Jacobi and Matthias Seuffert, Martin Gunnar Larsen (piano), Spats Langham playing banjo and guitar with a vocal number, CJP favourite Malcolm Sked (tuba, string bass) and Nicholas (Nick) D. Ball (drums and washboard). Rochelle singing Baby Won't You Please Come Home? and Moanin' Low proved to be undoubted highlights. 

To close a full afternoon of world class jazz, Mike Davis dedicated an hour to Stardust and Beyond - the Music of Hoagy Carmichael. A stage chock full of big hitters - including Messrs Barrett (trombone), McQuaid, Lorenzo Baldasso and Richard Exall (reeds) and virtuoso violinist Emma Fisk - delivered the goods. A set with a difference, Davis looked at Hoagy's actual recording sessions as opposed to his many, much-loved songs. It had been a fine first session. Russell                

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