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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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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 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).

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Ten great north east jazz musicians. 9 - Peter Jacobsen.

Peter (Pete) Jacobsen (1950 -2002): I can't remember where I first heard Pete Jacobsen, it may well have been at the New Orleans Club, however, the place where I heard him most frequently was The Five Bridges Hotel in Gateshead. Along with Brian Fisher on bass and Jackie Denton on drums the young blind pianist enthralled an appreciative audience with his playing.

Inevitably he moved to London where he played and recorded with top notch musicians such as Bobby Wellins and Pete King. The above screenshot is from a YouTube clip of Bobby Wellins' Endangered Species.

That he died at the relatively young age of 51 when, arguably, he had yet to reach the peak of his career even now evokes a feeling of sadness and I often wonder what direction his music would have taken him. He wasn't one to stand still. Thinking back to those sessions at The Five Bridges I recall that he was the first pianist I'd encountered who plucked the strings of the grand piano as if it were a harp. I often wondered who he'd picked up the technique from, possibly it dated back to his time at the Royal Academy of Music or maybe even earlier at the Worcester School For The Blind - we shall probably never know. Lance 


Roly said...

I think it was Bill Harper who told a nice story about a very young Peter. At a gig he came over to Bill and asked if he might have a 'sit in'. Bill asked him what tune he would like to play. 'Stella by Starlight'. And what key? Any.

alf stone said...

I remember going to a lot of those sessions at the Five Bridges and I saw him at a few sessions in the New Orleans. He was brilliant.

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