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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.

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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, Abbie Finn.

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.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

The return of the Black Swan jam session - Oct. 17

Due to circumstance there hadn't been a Black Swan jam session for a month. Arriving in good time for 'doors at seven' it came as surprise to find the doors already open and a good number of folk taking their seats. What's going on?

Descending the stairs into Newcastle Arts Centre's Black Swan bar/performance space it quickly became clear some were keen as mustard. Within twenty minutes the place had rapidly filled up - what's going on? All the indications were it was going to be one busy old night. By the seven thirty down beat all seats were taken - what's going on? 

The house trio - Messrs Alan Law, Paul Grainger and Mark Robertson - got things under way with a nice take on Close Your Eyes. So busy was the place, MC Grainger opted to get the first of the evening's guests up earlier than is the norm, the place was that busy. Tenor saxophonist Harry Keeble, sporting an unseasonable Christmas jumper, elected to play In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - fabulous! Alto saxophonist Paul Ruddick joined HK to play All the Things You Are - equally fabulous. The place was busier than busy - what's going on? And still they kept on coming down the stairs. It was still early o'clock, a 'late-arriving couple' - by the usual standards they weren't late, but this evening was turning out to be anything but 'usual' - remarked: We should have got here earlier.

Abbie Finn was in the house, she sat in, of course. Kate O'Neill sang Billie, and then, and walked Elliott Todd. Abbie, Harry and Elliott took Seven Steps to Heaven to the cleaners, top stuff, the joint was jumpin'. Becky Tuck joined the party, as did Bailey (that's drummer Bailey Rudd), bassist Liam, pianist Murray (Alan Law went to the bar) and the keen-as-mustard Edgar Bell (trumpet), Becky Put a Spell on You - yes, that's you and you and you, every last one of you. Tremendous.

The jam session's 'all-hands-on-deck' finale started some forty minutes earlier than usual - what's going on? For the next forty minutes we were in Bedlam. Upstairs they were hanging over the rail looking down on the action, they were on the stairs, no one was about to give up a seat. Jude Murphy, that's Jude the flautist, summoned the spirit of Roland Kirk and, right on cue, in leapt Haaruun Miller, simultaneously blowing tenor and soprano, by accident or design channelling his inner Rahsaan. The Chicken took it out, going round and round and round, wonderfully chaotic. MC Grainger thanked one and all, a collective thanks and rather neatly described the finale as the 'Esther Coombes Extravaganza'. As MC Grainger put it: It's always this good. Russell   

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Mark Robertson (drums) + in something like order of appearance: ? (vocals); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Paul Ruddick (alto sax); Adam Sams (guitar); Shivan Ruddick (trumpet); Abbie Finn (drums); Kate O'Neill (vocals); Elliott Todd (trumpet); Bailey Rudd (drums); Becky Tuck (vocals); Liam ? (guitar); Murray Wankling (piano); Edgar Bell (trumpet); Haaruun Miller (tenor sax, soprano sax); Owen Jones (double bass); Ian Drever (vocals); Jude Murphy (flute, vocals); Johannes Dalhuitsen (bass clarinet); Esther Coombes (clarinet, alto sax); David Gray (trombone, vocals); Gary ? (bass guitar)

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