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Branford Marsalis: "As ignorance often forces us to do, you make a generalisation about a musician based on one specific record or one moment in time." - (Jazzwise June 2023).

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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!"


15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 13: Infusion Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Tue 13: Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv.).

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Jammin' @ the Black Swan - March 8

(Pics © Russell)
Stu Collingwood (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Michael Mather (drums) + Stuart Turner, Ben Davies, Jacob Egglestone, Laurence Harrison (guitar); Abbie Finn, Bailey Rudd, Chris ?, Wilf Pease (drums); Will Reece, Patrick Cromb, Fionnuala Bradbury, Kit Giroux, Conor Polley (vocals); Esther Coombes (alto sax/clarinet); Ruby ? (flute); David Gray (trombone); Murray Wankling (piano); Adam Sams (bass clarinet); Edgar Bell (cornet) - there may have been others ...

They came and went with such rapidity that I soon gave up trying to keep score. Next time I'm going to wear shades, a false beard, drink lager and blend anonymously  into the background so I can just enjoy the  music!

Being International Women's Day it would ill become me not to mention the goils. Esther Coombes blew some nice clarinet and tasty alto on Mr PC (or should that have been re-titled Mr PG?) which was much appreciated by those of us sitting up front. A mic would have helped for those stationed further afield. Fionnuala Bradbury faced similar problems singing Someone to Watch Over me until David Gray came to the rescue and twiddled a few knobs allowing us to appreciate an excellent voice - remember the name.

Ruby played flute. I didn't catch her surname so, given the day of the week, I'll call her Ruby Tuesday. I didn't recognise the tune either but she got a good sound. Abbie Finn needed no introduction - we all know and love her - and she delivered.

It was a night that was awash with drummers, guitarists and singers. Some familiar, some new  to the scene and all, we trust, will be back.

The aforementioned David Gray blew some blistering trombone, guitarist Adam Sams opted, this week, for bass clarinet and Edgar Bell played cornet. There was so much more but space and time precludes further detail.

However, one person deserved of mention who was enjoying the music in a flamboyant fashion turned out to be no less a person than the son of Senegalese icon Youssou N'Dour. The vacationing Chicago resident showed his enthusiasm in no uncertain manner!

Next jam is on March 22. Lance

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