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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.
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Postage

13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm..
Fri 15: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: House of the Black Gardenia @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 16: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Julija Jacenaite: Improvarium..
Sat 16: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ St Mary's Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm..
Sat 16: Triptych @ Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. Trio with live visuals by Lisa Delarny. .
Sat 16: Rendezvous Jazz @ Memorial Hall, Ponteland. 8:00pm. Guest Ian Wynne (piano)..

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Oct. 3

(Pics by Russell/collage by Lance)
Paul Grainger, John Pope (bass); Harry Keeble, Graham Easthope (tenor sax); Abbie Finn, Johnny Hunter (drums); Jacob Barker (guitar); Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Thomas Egglestone (trombone); Elliot Hayes-Clare (bass guitar).

After Zoe Rahman I needed sustenance and a chance to reflect upon her stunning performance. A pork pie and a pint in the nearby Split Chimp geared me up for the jam session at the Newcastle Arts Centre.

Earlier, the Abbie Finn Trio had played a set that has been reviewed by Russell and I looked forward to what, hopefully, will be a precursor to the return of the popular Tuesday night jams scheduled to re-start on Oct. 26.

As happens every year, there are comings and goings and, invariably, surprises.

Students graduate and go one to be 'something in the city' - maybe even Prime Minister although, as of yet, on this side of the Atlantic we've had no Bill Clintons - at least not musically speaking - in the top job. Fortunately, as one lot departs another arrives and we had three fresh faces from Newcastle Uni.

Foremost among these was Jacob Barker who, in the absence of a keyboard provided the harmonic foundation throughout. Thrown in at the deep end, as the saying goes, he did the biz as well as soloing effectively on tunes he wasn't always familiar with.

Harry Keeble who had earlier blitzed the room with Abbie's trio was in scintillating form. Someone, somewhere, I'm told, compared Harry to the young Tubby Hayes. His waistline has a bit to go but his playing is getting closer.

John Pope and Johnny Hunter - two of the festival's names - sat in. Pope briefly, Hunter for most of the set.

Graham Easthope, a veteran of the pre-pandemic jams, turned up  and, after a shaky start on A Night in Tunisia, soon got into his stride and played some good stuff. 

Ferg Kilsby may have been the youngest on stage but all that goes out the window when he plays. We've watched with interest his ever increasing prowess and this afternoon may be the best yet and, trust me, there will be more - much more to come.

Thomas Egglestone was thrown in at the deep end and didn't drown. When the word gets around that there is another trombonist on the scene his phone will never stop ringing!

Bass guitarist Hayes-Clare only had one bite of the cherry but, hopefully, when the regular jams are up and running he will be in there - bassists are always at a premium. Ask Paul Grainger who, as he did today, plays bass, organises the jams,  emcees and rarely gets a break!

A lovely afternoon - Lance.

All the Things You Are; A Night in Tunisia; Song For my Father; Walkin'; There Will Never be Another You; Days of Wine and Roses; Billie's Bounce; Recorder Me; Cherokee; 'Round Midnight; Donna Lee; Strasbourg/Saint-Denis.

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