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Bebop Spoken There

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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.

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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...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets:
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Black Swan jam session - Feb. 7

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Walker (drums) + (collectively) Edgar Bell (trumpet); David Gray (trombone); Esther Coombes (clarinet); Haaruun Miller (alto/tenor sax); Harry Keeble, Tom Dixon (tenor sax); Jeremy McMurray, Brian Chester (piano); Keith Barrett, Jacob Egglestone, Adam Sams, Giles Strong (guitar); Jamie Watkins (bass guitar); Kris Finney, Abbie Finn, Bailey Rudd (drums); Jan Spencelayh, Miriam McCormick, Becky Tuck (vocals). 

The first Black Swan jam session of 2023 was, as expected jammed with punters and performers. As can be noted from the names listed above most of the usual suspects were in attendance plus a few debutantes who did justice to the staple fare of jam sessions the world over as listed below. All that was missing was Stella by Starlight and On Green Dolphin Street.
The aces and the wannabees strutted their stuff in various permutations and although, as with most jam sessions you're often flying by the seat of your pants, there were no car crashes. Good to have Brian Chester lending a hand (actually two of them) on keyboard when Alan Law went AWOL who knows but that next time he may blow some slide trombone.

Too many good things happening to mention them all but the two numbers by Becky Tuck who also moonlights as Rivkala were nothing less than sensational. They Can't Take That Away From me showed imagination and flare whilst the opening a cappella chorus to Every Time we Say Goodbye was pitch perfect. Remember her name(s).

Of course none of this could have happened without the house trio of Law, Grainger and Walker who, apart from appearing and disappearing as the sitters-in arrived and departed, played an impressive opening mini set* which included the world premiere of an Alan Law composition - Katie's Blues (or was it Katie's Blue?) whatever, it was a noble attempt and I look forward to more from his creative mind. Lance

All the Things You Are; Moonlight in Vermont; You'd be so Nice to Come Home to; No Moon at All; Black Coffee; Moon Dance; There Will Never be Another You; Black Orpheus; Tenor Madness; Beautiful Love; Come Rain or Come Shine; Nica's Dream; I Love You; They Can't Take That Away From me; Every Time we Say Goodbye.

*It Could Happen to You; Katie's Blues, I Thought About You (?).

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