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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
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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!"

Postage

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 ...

November

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.

December
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: www.jazz.coop.
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, December 11, 2019

Year End Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Dec 10

(Review by Russell)

An encouraging full house from the off, an attentive full house, many new faces. Three numbers from tonight's house trio (Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker) - Without a SongTwo for the Road and All the Things You Are - to get things under way. It's been noted many times...Mark Williams is as good a guitarist as any, his harmonic invention a marvel to mere mortals. 

We were to be treated to the Three Tenors in action, no, not that lot, rather the Black Swan's frequent feast of tenor saxophonists out to impress. Tonight, Messrs Keeble, Sykes and Gould blew in turn, supported variously by the house trio and/or a top class supporting cast of sitters-in including drummer Abbie Finn and pianist Joel Brown. 

First up, Harry Keeble. Someday My Prince Will Come, then Sam Rivers' Beatrice (thanks to Harry for naming the tune, sometimes titles elude your reviewer!). HK would be back for more. Next, genial George Sykes. Beautiful Love and, perhaps an unlikely choice, On the Sunny Side of the Street with Rob Walker taking five to allow Abbie Finn to show what she could do. Our third tenor player chose to bide his time...

Well, look who's in - Mr Graham Hardy! It's a rare occasion when GH has a blow at a jam session. What's he going to play? Last Christmas? Well, it's almost Christmas! In Walked Bud - a tune for any time of year not just Christmas. Winter Wonderland? Why not? Whatever the tune Hardy's trumpet playing is the tops. 

Tenor sax number three, all the way from Edinburgh by way of a diversion off the A1, the always swinging Nick Gould never fails to deliver the goods. Was that Everything Happens to Me? Whatever it was it was good stuff with NG given excellent support from up-and-coming pianist Joel Brown and, as ever, fellow tenor player Harry Keeble only too willing to join the party.

Vocalists were thin on the ground until not one, but two, turned up. Indigo Jazz Voice Carrie McCullock impressed singing That Ole Devil Called Love and JJ, that's Julija Jacenaite, insisted we had to make up our minds singing Love Me or Leave Me.

George Sykes departed, he couldn't hang around, leaving the stage to Gould and Keeble to see out the final jam session of the year. Jobim's Meditation. Was that the tune? If not a correction would be welcome. TS Monk is the 'go to' musician to take it out at a jam session. Lots of tunes to choose from, someone called Straight No Chaser. That'll do nicely and off we went, Gould swingin', Keeble chasin'. 

It had been a very good year. We reconvene at eight o'clock on Tuesday 14 January 2020.  
Russell
                      
Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Harry Keeble (tenor sax); George Sykes (tenor sax); Abbie Finn (drums); Graham Hardy (trumpet); Joel Brown (piano), Nick Gould ( tenor sax), Carrie McCullock (vocals); Julija Jacenaite (vocals) 

2 comments :

Abbie said...

Pretty sure the Jobim tune was Desifinado

Brian Shine said...

I second that, it was Desfinado, Abbie can not be wrong after two after eights!

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