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Bebop Spoken There

Michael League: "We flew back from Europe, and the second gig we [Snarky Puppy] did was in Arcata, California. There were two people. And one of them was the bartender." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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!"


14806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1074 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov.24).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 27: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 27: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 27: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 27: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Sitters-in & audience welcome.
Sun 27: Nu Civilisation Orchestra @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 27: Jamil Sheriff's Five Gold Rings @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 28: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 28: Jeremy McMurray & Friends @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. £5.00. at the door. A SVP fundraiser for Xmas food hampers.

Tue 29: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Wed 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Wed 30: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 30: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 30: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 01: New York Jazz Night feat. Zoë Gilby @ The Keys, Yarm. 7:00pm. £30.00. (inc. meal). Tickets from Skiddle. Gilby w. Noel Dennis, Mark Williams & Andy Champion.
Thu 01: Bold Big Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Cluny 2.
Thu 01: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison residency.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Durham University Big Band + Durham University Jazz Orchestra @ Kingsgate Bar, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham. 7:00pm. £3.00. & £2.50. Fundraiser for Coppafeel.
Fri 02: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. Xmas party.
Fri 02: Struggle Buggy's Almost Xmas Party @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Liane Carroll. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jam Session @ the Black Swan - July 23

(Review/PHOTOS by Lance)

School was out, the students dispersed across the land. Outside they were frying eggs on the pavement - it was sizzling - so it seemed likely that the Black Swan would be a dead duck last night. Quite the opposite in fact as a goodly throng of both players and listeners turned out for another fine jam session.

The house trio set the ball rolling with Four, On Green Dolphin Street and Tenderly setting it up for the first of the blowers, Neville Hartley and Tangerine followed by Out of Nowhere. Not quite from out of nowhere came Faye Thompson and It Could Happen to You. Faye, blowing tenor, stayed on board   for Jen Errington who demanded All or Nothing at All - the audience chose the former option - so, with John Settle on drums, continued with Meditation. Settle, a first time visitor, is from Wakefield. He, like Jen, impressed.

ML MD SSBB which, translated, means Michael Lamb Musical Director Strictly Smokin' Big Band, Giles Strong and Owen Jones had a blast on I Love You and Beautiful Love. Debra stepped up to the plate for It Don't Mean a Thing which did have that swing. Debs scatted and exchanged fours whilst Michael Lamb took what may have been the chorus of the night!

The singers kept-a-comin' - some all the way from Hartlepool which, as Ronnie Scott may have quipped, is a good place to come from. The first  Hartlepudlian was Jan who delivered Angel Eyes with the sensitivity the Matt Dennis song deserves then, with John Rowland, one of the many wearing shorts this balmy evening, giving her some solid tenor sax support, dazzled on Night and Day.

Astronaut Ray Burns brought us down to Earth with Fly me to the Moon singing, scatting and blowing harmonica - Neil Armstrong lives!

More space travel as Niffi soared off into an Orange Colored Sky. Another SSBB member out on parole was 'bonist Parnaby who helped Niffi to Let the Good Times Roll. Alec J was on guitar but either hadn't plugged in or turned up the volume sufficiently.

Ben Lawrence played knock out piano on Someday My Prince Will Come and the Strictly Smokin' Duo blew Doxy apart.

Bob Caswell - also from Hartlepool - occupied the final allotted guest spot and sang Misty with some harp help from Burnsy then, after consultation with Stu, a fine Witchcraft which lead us up towards the bewitching hour where Straight No Chaser was the clarion call that rallied the troops from the trenches for the final onslaught. Two tenors, two trombones, trumpet and rhythm with a cameo from Niffi. When I arrived it was sizzling outside and it was sizzling inside as I left but, then again, it always is.

The good news is that, according to their website, the Black Swan jams, unlike in previous years at 'the old place', will continue throughout the summer.
Paul Grainger (bass); Stu Collingwood (piano); Matt MacKellar (drums) + Faye Thompson, John Rowland (tenor saxes); Neville Hartley, Kieran Parnaby (trombones); Michael Lamb (trumpet); Owen Jones (bass); Giles Strong, Alec J. Gamble (guitars); John Settle (drums); Jen Errington, Jan Spencelayh, Debra Milne, Niffi Osiyemi, Bob Caswell (vocals); Ray Burns (vocals/harmonica).

1 comment :

Patti said...

What a storming session this must have been - they're often full of surprises - but maybe this one more than most, in terms of the musician sitters in! And I had to miss it - oh well, the next one? I hope so - new knee permitting! But how wonderful to have this in the Toon - and to continue on a regular basis. It's a real treat for us jazz lovers who are listeners, and for the musicians, who often travel a considerable distance for this opportunity.

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