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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!"


15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Black Swan jam session - Nov.15

Stu Collingwood (piano, vocals); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums, vocals) + in something like order of appearance: Ian Drever (vocals); Thomas ? (trombone); Kris Finney (drums); Edgar Bell (trumpet); Ben Phillips (piano); Michael Mather (drums); Haaruun Miller (alto sax, soprano sax); Niffi Osiyemi (vocals); Ray Burns (harmonica); Tom ? (drums); Alice Grace (vocals); Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Esther Coombes (clarinet); Dan Potter (drums)

No two Black Swan jam sessions are alike. Some weeks there is a surfeit of horns players, some weeks half a dozen guitarists show up, occasionally, familiar faces you assume will sit-in don't turn up and, invariably, the Main Man, Paul Grainger scans all four corners in the vain hope that a bass player will be in the house. This evening the big surprise was the relatively sparse turn out of punters. Whatever the weather - literally and metaphorically - the show must go on, and go on it did.

Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger and southpaw Sid White got things under way with three or four numbers, one of which produced a first. Three numbers in, Stu sang I Thought About You. A vocal before the floor was open to all comers! The first of them, Mr Ian Drever, belted out, as only he can, You Make Me Feel So Young. Follow that! Trombonist Thomas (note to self - next time ask Thomas what his surname is) got up, good on him, to play Misty (guided by maestro Collingwood). Two of the jam session's keenest supporters, invariably they're first through the door, got the nod from the Main Man. As Kris Finney changed round Sid's southpaw set up, Edgar Bell called All of Me. Let's call our trumpeter the 'inimitable' Edgar Bell.

Ah! Ben Phillips was in the house. A friendly 'Hello Ben' from Stu (the piano players' union), as Ben (pictured) played Stella by Starlight in a nice trio with the Main Man and Kris F, Stu went to the bar. Blue Bossa with trombonist Thomas returning, things were hotting up. The absence of a bass player prompted the Main Man to announce a short break. As glasses were being recharged Stu played something for his own enjoyment (some in the audience were listening!). Unobtrusively, Michael Mather made it a piano-drums duo. An impromptu moment, it's what jam sessions are all about. 

Recharged, Haaruun Miller, wielding alto and soprano saxophones, took on Coltrane's take on My Favorite Things. Brave? Foolish? Tick as applicable. Undaunted, Miller ploughed on with Nica's Dream which produced a good solo from a revitalised Mr P Grainger. Niffi Osiyemi joined the party to laugh along with Christopher Columbus (which included a brief chorus from Ray Burns).* Late in the day (evening) the cavalry arrived in the form of ace guitarist Jacob Egglestone and clarinetist Esther Coombes. Our ever-welcome students handed a note to the Main Man - Sorry Paul, we've been to a band practice. As excuses go, it's one of the better ones. 

Did I see Alice Grace? asked Paul. Just when you were thinking it couldn't get any better! Alice (pictured) sang a couple including Bye Bye Blackbird (More! More! hollered the on-side crowd). What's more, a newbie drummer from County Durham sat-in. Dan Potter is the name (see photo), an excellent addition to the Black Swan jam session, be sure to check him out. It was dizzy o'clock as Southpaw White sang Pennies from Heaven, then all and sundry got up, going out out on the usual bop mayhem. A date for the diary - the next jam session will be on Tuesday 29 November (7:30pm, free admission, cheap at half the price!). 

Niffi Osiyemi will be gigging with her trio in Hexham next month (Dec 2) at the Vault on Hallgate, two minutes' walk from Hexham Abbey and little more than five minutes from the railway station. Russell  

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