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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
R I P Oliver Soden - ? - November 6, 2022
R I P Top Cat Daphne - ? - November 24, 2022.
R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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!"


14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills 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, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
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: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Black Swan Jam Session - August 23

Steve Glendinning (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Abbie Finn (drums) + Harry Keeble, Paul Gowland, Steve Summers (tenor sax); Haaruun Miller (alto/soprano sax); Esther Coombes (alto sax/clarinet); Nigel Greenwood (flugel); John Weaver (trumpet); David Gray (trombone);  Martin Waugh, Michael Young, Martin ? (piano); Ben Davies, Joe Steels (guitar); Sid White, Michael Mather, Felix Parkin-Christie, Bailey Rudd, Stefan ?, (drums); Jan Spencelayh, Kate O'Neill, Kay De'Ath (vocals).

There appeared to be more musicians than listeners in the audience although some of the musicians were also listeners as they awaited the call to arms.

Faces new and faces old culminating in what could have been the jam session to end all jam sessions with seven or eight horns jostling for floor space. However, the lateness of the hour - 10:20pm meant that soloists were just getting into their stride before their allotted couple of choruses were up. A more elastic approach could have resulted in a jam that Norman Granz would have been proud of!

With A-listers and B+ players present it would be unfair to single out any one player. However, it was a sheer delight to hear, amid the hoary old jam session favourites (admittedly all played/sung well) such as Stella, All the Things, Georgia, Fever, Softly, Never be Another You and that Summertime song, Paul Gowland play a couple of less hackneyed standards in the form of Speak Low and Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most.

There were drummers-a-plenty and it occurred to me why not split the kit between them? A on bass drum, B on snare, C on tom tom, D on floor tom, E on hi-hat etc. the results could be interesting!

Also, it would have been nice to have heard more from Martin Waugh who came down from Edinburgh - he's an excellent all-round entertainer. 

A superb session with too much happening to name check everyone although Kay De'Ath made an impressive debut with Stormy Weather that is worthy of mention - Lance 


Russell said...

Agreed, Martin Waugh made the long journey south of the border, more from him wouldn't have gone amiss. Lots of new faces. Where do they all come from?!

Bailey said...

Just wanted to say it was great meeting Martin on keys who is here for a few weeks, studying from Germany. Hope you look back fondly, all the best in the future!

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