Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

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).

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!"


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 ...

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 06: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums).

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: 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: 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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Jam Session @ the Black Swan - April 19

Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums) + Harry Keeble, Alan Marshall, Johannes Dalhuijsen (tenor sax); Esther Coombes (alto sax/clarinet); David Gray (trombone/vocals); Edgar Bell (cornet); Jacob Ruusan-Pritchett (piano); Joe Steels, Jimi Savage (guitar); Michael Mather (drums); Jan Spencelayh, Niffi Osiyemi, Kit Giroux, David Gray, Conor ? (vocals)

Another whiz-bang jam with players, often flying by the seat of their pants as is the norm at jam sessions, popping up with such regularity and in various combinations that it was nigh impossible to keep track of who played what with whom!

Some were regulars, some irregulars and some were showing their face for the first time.

This last category included guitar guru and recording engineer Jimi Savage who was mega impressive - you had to be when Mark Williams was in the house trio! Another guitarist who emerged unscathed from the shadow of the the great man was Joe Steels.

Only one pianist tonight - Jacob Ruusan-Pritchett - a 19 year old who, after some initial hesitancy slotted in nicely and during a short interval played a very emotive Georgia on my Mind. Which Georgia was on his mind wasn't stated.

There were saxophones a plenty this week. No less than three tenors (no, not those three!) in the form of the ever present Harry Keeble who's even beginning to look like a young Tubby Hayes. Mainstay of the Customs House Big Band and Classic Swing, Alan Marshall and Johannes Dalhuijsen from Take it to the Bridge. All added their own distinguished degree of individuality. Esther Coombes offered contrast with her nicely paced solos on both alto and clarinet.

Edgar Bell blew cornet and Michael Mather spelled Tim Johnston back o' the kit.

Paul Grainger marshalled  the troops into platoons but once they set off it was invariably David Gray who took control triple tonguing and slipping and sliding around the Bb and F trombone. When not performing incredible feats of trombonology he sang words to Chick's 500 Miles High

Showtime wasn't the only chanter in the house. Jan sang Cry me a River, You Turned the Tables on me and At Last. Niffi, the Queen of Soul, or was it the Empress of the Blues reincarnated? shouted and hollered her way through 'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do, a rather risqué blues and, Almost Like Being in Love

Giroux posed the question: Have You Met Miss Jones? and later confessed that he was Misty (and too much in love). Finally, another first timer: Conor (Conner?) sang Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine from the musical Showboat with, on this occasion, trombone by Showtime. 

Back in a fortnight - Lance

1 comment :

K.G said...

Conor Polley was his name

Blog Archive