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Bebop Spoken There

Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019)..

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!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 21: La Malbec Orchestra @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 21: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Thu 21: Linsday Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 21: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 22: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Brief Encounter @ Bardon Mill Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:00pm. Tickets: £10.00. adv from 07885 303166; £12.00. on the door. Chris & Veronica Perrin improvising to a screening of the 1929 'Jazz Age' silent film Piccadilly (Dir. Ewald André Dupont).
Fri 22: Paul Edis & Graeme Wilson + Three Tsuru Origami @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 22: Crooners @ Tyne Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Where have all the blowers gone? Black Swan Jam Session - May 3

Laurence Harrison (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums); Jeremy McMurray (keys) + Esther Coombes (alto sax); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Charles Harrison, Joe Steels, Jimi Savage (guitar); Abbie Finn, Tom ?, Wilf Pease (drums); Niffi Osiyemi, Finnuala Bradbury, Temi ?, Susan? ?; Patrick Cromb, Ian ?, Will Reece, A.N. Other x 2 (vocals).

Midway through the opening Days of Wine and Roses the house trio, with the arrival of Jeremy McMurray, became a quartet.

The pianist and bassist Grainger remained on board for the rest of the evening as a procession of singers, drummers and guitarists trotted back and forth with the only horn players being Harry and Esther.

My apologies to those in the listings whose names I didn't get. There were too many to chase up and I didn't want to create the impression of an insurance agent touting for business.

Talking of impressions, Harry made an impression on the Coltrane number of the same name (Impressions), Another impressive performance came from the girl who may have been named Sue (Susan, Suzanne?) who sang In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning and Born to be Blue - a star in the making!

So much more but time and space etc.... The only downside was the lack of horns for the final blast. Tenors saxes jousting, trumpets shooting for the moon, trombones growling - the whole nine yards - maybe next time. Lance 

PS: If any one out there can add the missing names please do.

Days of Wine and Roses; Wee Cee; On Green Dolphin Street; Have You Met Miss Jones?; Impressions; Dream a Little Dream of meI'm Beginning to See the Light; Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You?; Invitation; I'll Remember April; Fine and Mellow; Bye, Bye, Blackbird; Maybe This Time; In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning; Born to be Blue; A Natural Woman; Georgia on my Mind; Blue Skies.

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