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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

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Oct. 29


(Review by Lance)

It began as a very low-key affair. Where was everyone? Had they broomsticked home for Halloween? Who knows? 

The trio set the scene with Airegin, I Love You and Chick Corea’s Windows which provided Grainger with the opportunity to crack that “the latter tune was dedicated to Lance’s former workplace (J.G. Windows Ltd., Central Arcade Newcastle)” – Don’t give up the day job Paul.



Another PG (the third one’s in Thailand), Paul Gowland, took to the stage armed with a Conn underslung alto and gave us his impression of how Ornette Coleman may have played Take Five – incredible! There is no Greater Love referred to by PG II as The Cheese Song – greater/grater – get it? This could enter into the Jazz Bumper Fun Book alongside The Sheep Song – You/Ewe – any more folks?


Straight down the middle swinging alto followed by straight down the middle swinging tenor from Graham Easthope on Blue Train.

Time for a song. Debra stepped up to the plate with MJ on guitar for a spirited version of Billie’s Bounce that kept bouncing – the song was ended but the melody lingered on. Born to be Blue reminded me that Mel Tormé could compose as well as sing – a trait he shared with Debra albeit not on this occasion.

Back to the saxophones and Paul and Graham had a Night in Tunisia. A big sound from the two saxes and an excellent solo from Mark Williams. Graham stayed on board for Blue Bossa.

Mo took over on the kit and Ray Burns gave us some mouthy magic on Stormy Weather and Ain’t Misbehavin’ with a vocal chorus on the old Fats Waller tune.

The news that Sunderland had lost a penalty shootout to Oxford United was soon forgotten with the arrival of Jordan Alfonso and Steve Summers – looked like a saxophone shootout was about to take place.

Someday My Prince Will Come then the big one – Four saxes and a harmonica blowing St.Thomas to smithereens.

Not such a bad evening after all – special thanks to Messrs Grainger, Williams and Bradford. And, remember, remember, as Paul Grainger kept reminding us, the jam is back next week on the 5th of November with Giles Strong, Abbi Finn and, of course, his good self.
Lance.
PHOTOS 

Paul Grainger (bass); Mark Williams (guitar); John Bradford (drums) + Paul Gowland, Jordan Alfonso (alto sax); Graham Easthope (tenor sax); Steve Summers (soprano sax); Debra Milne (vocals); MJ (guitar); Hazem Mohammed (drums); Ray Burns harmonica/vocals).

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