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Billy Boy Arnold: “As long as you don't think old you're good.” - DownBeat, December, 2023.

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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...


16051 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1058 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 11: Interim Final Recitals @ Newcastle University. Details TBC.

Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Wed 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 13: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 13: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 13: Bold Big Band @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Hot Fingers @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 14: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. . Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 14: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Mo Scott ‘Little Mo’s Festive Appearance’ @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland, Josh Bentham, Garry Hadfield, Adrian Beadnell @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 15: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: Paul Skerritt @ Black Horse Inn, Crook. From 7:00pm.
Fri 15: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ St Cuhtbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm. £15.00. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Fri 15: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £12.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 15: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. First night of two. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £10.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: Baghdaddies @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £14.00.; £10.00.

Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 2:00pm. A Jazzy Christmas + Jambone.
Sat 16: Porritt & Barrett & Friends Xmas Special @ Cullercoats Watch House. 7:00pm. £4.00.
Sat 16: Milne-Glendinning Band @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 16: Red Kites Jazz Band @ The Staithes Café, Gateshead. 7:00pm--9:00pm.
Sat 16: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Ellingham Village Hall, Chathill. 7:30pm. £12.00., £8.00.
Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 16: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Second night of two.

Sun 17: Red Kites Jazz Band @ Gibside Chapel, nr. Rowlands Gill. 1:00-2:30pm.
Sun 17: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 17: Revolutionaires @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Rock ‘n’ roll excellence!
Sun 17: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Alehouse, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 17: The Globe Xmas Party @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Multi-bill inc. David Gray’s Flextet + jam session.
Sun 17: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £17.00., £15.00.
Sun 17: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Amble Parish Hall. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sun 17: Snake Davis Trio @ St John’s Hall, Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. from 07766 037893.

Tuesday, March 08, 2022

International Women's Day – We Should All Be Celebrating!

I became interested in jazz relatively late in life, so perhaps that makes me more aware of the position of women in jazz. I mainly get to write about singers on BSH but this time I'm considering our local women instrumentalists, and what an inventive, talented, hard-working set of people! The likes of sax players such as Sue Ferris, also a helpful tutor; Fiona Finden with her curved soprano sax, Faye Thompson who began her playing with Jambone, Faye McCalman who ventures into free jazz with the nationally acclaimed Archipelago, Rachel Richman, a stalwart of many jam sessions and Lauren Ainsborough who occasionally jams on keyboards.

I'm not done yet! What about Emma Fisk with her gypsy jazz violin, and Abbie Finn (pictured), playing drums, once considered as an instrument that only men had the strength and energy to play, and Katy Trigger on bass, so empathetic to work with? Then there's singer and multi-instrumentalist Jude Murphy. I could go on, and remember, that's without mentioning the national and international scene.

So there's more than enough to celebrate on this day. But I wonder about the special difficulties that women in jazz face?  I can't speak for the women mentioned as I've never discussed the matter with them, but I notice that the Globe runs special women only workshops monthly. I attended these before lockdown, very enjoyable and useful they were too. It is said that women are more accommodating with each other and less inclined to rivalry than men. That rule applied at the Globe sessions.

Many of the reviews of jam sessions on BSH remark that 'the sax players took no prisoners' a phrase which makes me cringe. Is jazz a war? There's a lot of give and take at an effective jam session and each player should get their turn. As long as communication is good and everyone is very sure of when their turn is.

As for performing gigs, some questions occur to me. Is it easier to perform with someone who is your romantic partner? Can you keep musical disagreements out of your love life? What about being in a band with a son or daughter? Can you act the heavy parent? It must be tempting. 

It goes without saying that there is no place for discrimination in the jazz world, in all the usual categories. I'd be interested to read on BSH about what others think about the situation of women jazz instrumentalists. Ann Alex

Ps: My apologies to anyone that I’ve unintentionally left out.


Unknown said...

Since I wrote this piece I've been thinking about this subject on and off all day. Consider the following:
If a woman plays an instrument that is blown, does she put on lipstick?
Can you still play drums if you are pregnant?

How does a woman react if a reviewer comments on her dress but doesn't comment on how the men are dressed?
Is a woman's playing affected by the time of the month? It is said that women get mad once a month but men get mad for the whole month!

What if it's all men at a jam session? Do you even notice?

Jude Murphy (on F/b) said...

You could come and see the Wild Women of Wylam - all-female sextet - at one of our next gigs

Ann Alex said...

Thanks Jude, I'll watch for that gig being listed on BSH

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