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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...


16061 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1068 of them this year alone and, so far, 22 this month (Dec. 11).

From This Moment On ...


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.

Mon 18: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 18: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Jam session @ the Black Swan part one - Oct. 4

Dean Stockdale (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums) + Richard Rutherford (bass guitar); John Pope  (bass); Abbie Finn, Kris Finney, Felix Parkin-Crispin (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Haaruun Miller (alto sax); Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Jan Spencelayh, Ian Drever, Kay De'Ath (vocals); Murray Wankling  (piano); Ray Burns (harmonica).

The lights were low, in fact some were nonexistent, was this the energy crisis kicking in? However, it did add to the jazz club aura - all that was missing was the smoke - and the opening set by the house trio maintained that Oscar Peterson at Birdland feeling by posing questions such as Have You Met Miss Jones? and How Deep is the Ocean? as well as a rather drawn out Body and Soul that seemed to incorporate a lot of the keyboard's black notes.

Paul Grainger, who rarely gets a break at these impromptu occasions got two tonight the first one being when Richard Rutherford took to the stand with a 5 string, long neck, 'lecky' bass.

He got a good groove going on Sissy Strut and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - impressed!

Impressive too was the heir apparent tenor king Keeble. In a Mellotone was taken faster than Duke's original intent whilst the Autumn Leaves didn't just drift by my window they flew! Mrs Keeble to be also drummed up a storm. Needless to say Stockdale and the refreshed Grainger held their ground.

Time for some singing. Jan did Norah Jones proud with Don't Know Why and Big Mama Thornton's Hound Dog would surely have had that lady's approval as I'm sure that cat Felix also would have - he gets better and better every session.

PG once again vacated the stand entrusting his db to JP, seemingly still in one piece after the weekend's improv festival.

Now many have debated as to whether Sinatra and (Tony) Bennett are or are not jazz singers. Ian Drever's rendering of Come Fly With me and The Good Life made a strong case for the no faction. 

That fine young guitarist Egglestone, Felix and, later, the inscrutable Kris Finney joined Dean and John for a couple of meandering numbers that, despite an excellent bass solo and and an extended drum workout by Kris never quite got off the ground.

The great, the good and their next door neighbours have all, for some unfathomable reason, had a go at Summertime. Equally surprising is how Ella Fitzgerald managed to make a hit out of that most mundane of Cole Porter's many songs Every Time we Say Goodbye

With Murray on piano Kay De'Ath, who, on her previous visit had impressed me with her version of Stormy Weather, elected to sing those two (in my opinion) also rans and, despite the presence of Haaruun on alto and some 'mouthie' from Ray Burns, did nothing to change that opinion.

It was at this point I had to leave - buses to be missed, trains to be caught, domestic issues to be attended to however, the saga will continue via Russell - Lance

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