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Bebop Spoken There

Claire Martin: "I used to dye my hair like Marilyn Monroe and bomb around in a Sunbeam Rapier ''- (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Bob Sinfield: "'Bebop in Britain' [4 CD set] has two potential categories of customer; those who are old enough to remember, and those who aren't." - (Jazz Cassette Vol 1 No. 2).


Today Tuesday October 25

Horse Orchestra/Krokofant/Archipelago - Black Swan Bar and Venue, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 7:00pm. £10/£8 (concessions).
JNE/Schmazz. Note early start to accommodate triple bill
Maine St., Jazzmen - British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave., Jesmond, Newcastle. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

San Sebastian Jazz Festival 1972 - Newcastle Big Band.

Phil Doggett who played baritone with Newcastle Big Band on their 1970's trips to the San Sebastian Jazz Festival uncovered these rare photos in his loft and passed them on to me via David Brown who was the tenor player furthest left (Charlie Carmichael and myself were the other tenors along with Nigel Stanger on alto.
Also present was Trumpet player Dave Saville who died late last year, John Pearce and Alan Gibb but none of us who are still alive could initially remember the name of the trumpet player standing tall at the back.
Jacky Denton (dms); Lance Liddle, Charlie Carmichael (ten); Phil Doggett (bar); Nigel Stanger (alt); Dave Brown (ten). Steve Gibbs, John Pearce, Alan Gibb, Dave Saville (tpts). Gordon Solomon, Bob King (tmbs); Andy Hudson (pno) and Ian Heslop (bs) are not shown.


  1. One thing I remember re San Sebastian was a pre-festival reception and someone, probably, Andy Hudson said, "Lance, I'd like you to meet Horace Parlan"
    Last week I was selling his Blue Note albums and here I was shaking hands with him. Parlan was pianist with the Clark Terry Big Band who were amazing. and included Grady Tate on drums, Richard Williams in the trumpet section and a whole lot more. Great times.
    Talking trumpets, the unidentified Newcastle Big Band trumpet player was Steve Gibbs.

  2. I'm from Spain. In my country exist the theory that in this concert the bass player was Sting. Apparently in this point Ian Heslop was separate from NBB. Can anyone confirm this información?.

  3. I was on that gig and the bassist was definitely Ian Heslop. Sting joined later and came to San Sebastian with the group Last Exit. Circa 1974/75.

  4. Thanks Lance!!!!. The official page of the Festival present the same mistake. It's so sad that in the picture can't recognize the face of the bass player. I'll write it to them, hope they believe me. The font can't be more safety. Thanks!!!!!.

    1. I added a link to the original March 13 post linking to a San Sebastian photo from the same year showing Ian Heslop in the centre of the picture at the rear of the group. This picture came from a Spanish newspaper La Voz de Espana.

  5. Hello Lance. This site is great for Jazz lovers. I'd need to contact with Andy Hudson, the leader of NBB for a work of investigation about the Spain concerts in San Sebastian Jazz Festival. Hope you could help me Lance.



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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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