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Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019)..

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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!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

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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