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Faye McCalman: "For a while I would hear other artists and feel that I need to be like that person, have what they have; but then I realised that everyone has their own thing and what I connect with most is when I can tell an artist is just being themselves." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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.


13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On


Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event.

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Last (virtual) Jam of the Year @ The Black Swan - Dec. 15

Zoë Gilby (vocal/compere); Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Abbie Finn (drums); Alice Grace (vocals); David Gray (trombone); Harry Keeble (tenor sax).

(Photo courtesy of Kay Tilley)

In those distant days when every other Tuesday night meant a trip into town for the jam session at the Black Swan the closer was, inevitably, Straight No Chaser and tonight's jam stream was no exception.

With the exception of Alice, who left after her opening set, all of the above put up. Zoë handled the the lyrics to Monk's bebop anthem (who wrote the lyrics?) with ease and scatted in her unique style. Earlier, Zoë and David Gray had given a Jobim Wave to the virtual audience.

David, like Abbie on drums, sported a Christmas - once a year - jumper. David also wore a scarf which, should it have became entangled with his slide could have proved fatal to both player and instrument! His feature on White Christmas reminded me that, without the maudlin sentimentality of the words, it is actually a jolly good tune. How could it not be - Irving Berlin composed it and said goodbye to poverty forever - (now, where did I store away that manuscript paper ...?)

Socially distanced from his fellow frontliner, Harry Keeble wasn't taking any prisoners. He ran the gauntlet of the tenor's range and, had there been other tenor players in the house that gauntlet would have been thrown down. Harry also blew some Wayne Shorter and a tasty Invitation.

This was where I misinterpreted tonight's stream. I'd thought that maybe some of the other saxslingers would be zooming in from Gateshead, Jesmond and beyond but, perhaps the technology hasn't quite got that far.

The evening had opened up with Alice (in midi), introduced by Zoë (in mini), singing a duo set with Mark on this year's favourite - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, followed by My Romance; I Thought About You; Georgia on my Mind and I've Got my Love to Keep me Warm.

It was good, but not quite as good as the real thing!


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