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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 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!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: TBA @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Jam session @ The Dun Cow - August 7

(Review by Russell)

On Tuesday evening, for no good reason, it was the 'Old Peculier' jam session. This evening's monthly Dun Cow jam session could be called the 'Rivet Catcher' session if, for no other reason, to draw attention to the pub's new real ale loyalty card scheme - the discount card is no more, in its place is a stamper card. As the card was being stamped, the house trio opened with Lady Be Good

Basie, bossa, the trio - the ebullient Mr James Harrison, the man who has a beer named after him, Mr Paul Grainger, and the quiet man behind the traps, Mr Tom Chapman - laid down the foundations for a cracking first Wednesday in the month session in Brandling Village. Mr PG invited the first of the brass men to join the trio on a couple of numbers. Ray Johnson suggested Dizzy's Tour de Force. Our trumpeter played it his own sweet way, switching to flugelhorn for a terrific take on Oliver Nelson's masterpiece Stolen Moments. The breathing alone on this one looks difficult yet RJ expertly negotiated his way through the tune's many twists and turns. 

The soon-to-depart-these-shores Abbie Finn and Harry Keeble put in an appearance following their inestimable contribution at the first of the week's jam sessions down at the Black Swan. Recorda Me found the recent Leeds College of Music graduate Keeble picking up where he left off by blowing yet more superb tenor sax. Abbie? How about Abbie 'First Call' Finn? That'll do. 

Lerner and Loewe's On the Street Where You Live introduced pianist Harrison's mate Paul Skerritt. Our man from South Tyneside could be thought of as the singer's equivalent of trombonist David Gray - i.e. a true 'Showtime' performer. Abbie and Harry hung around to pick up some Pennies from Heaven, things were going well. 

Ben Helm was in the house - good! - and sat in, without pickup, on Blue Bossa with Poppy in the wings, flute in hand. Hey! Look who's here! José Gonçalves and daughter Inês dropped by to play and sing some real, proper bossa. Dindi (ah, this is how it should sound!) and was that Corcovado into Felicidade? José, bass, Inês, vocals, excellent. 

Paul Skerritt hung around to tell us he Don't Get Around Much Anymore with SSBB MD Michael Lamb blowing some Cat Anderson(ish) trumpet into the bargain. We were getting to the heart of tonight's session - with the house trio once more in place, Lamb shared the spotlight with guitarist Helm and the absolutely fabulous Alice Grace on a fun (Mr Harrison was in on it) I Can't Give You Anything But Love (wait for it)...Baby! Ray Johnson, flugelhorn, couldn't resist any longer, joining the assembled talent on Yes, Sir That's My Baby.                   

At Abbie Finn's request the Dun Cow merry go round parked up to allow Abbie to drive a Caravan out of Jesmond which was last seen heading east at a rate of knots with Harry Keeble blowing and blowing followed hot on his heels by a tightly-muted Michael Lamb. Terrific! To close the evening James Harrison (earlier heard entertaining the crowd with some expert accordion - multi talented is JH!) called 'Mr Bublé to the stand. Paul 'Mr Bublé' Skerritt's party piece never fails - Let the Good Times Roll did the job, then some! Mid-tune Finn gave way to Chapman (they didn't miss a beat) with Skerritt winding up to his trade mark, one-shot leap into the air. Good night!      
Russell   

James Harrison (piano, accordion); Paul Grainger (double bass); Tom Chapman (drums) + Ray Johnson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Abbie Finn (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Paul Skerritt (vocals); Ben Helm (guitar); Poppy Pagan (flute, vocals); Inês Gonçalves (vocals); José Gonçalves (double bass); Michael Lamb (trumpet); Alice Grace (vocals).

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