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Bebop Spoken There

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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...

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.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The Black Swan jam session @ Newcastle Arts Centre - Nov. 21

The Black Swan, first and third Tuesday in the month, join the queue. Queuing to get into a jam session?! Yep, such is the interest down on Westgate Road punters are turning up earlier and earlier. Other than the house trio it's anyone's guess who'll turn up. This evening would be an ever-accelerating merry-go-round of experienced heads and keen-as-mustard newbies.

Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger and Tim Johnston are 'been there, done that' types but they cannot be other than encouraged, if not impressed, by the emerging talent on the Tyneside jazz scene. A couple of numbers to warm up and the floor was open to the first of the sitters-in. The Ruddicks - that's Baghdaddian alto sax wizard Paul Ruddick and trumpeter Shivan (son of P. Ruddick) - led the way. 

From the house trio's All the Things You Are to sitters-in calling Trane, Brubeck, GASbook numbers (Beautiful LovePerdidoLover ManBlack Coffee, Caravan, the list goes on) and more, the joint was jumpin'. Lots of chatter, noisy chatter, the bar ticking over, folk having a good time, you can't/shouldn't  knock it.

Representing the old guard, it was good to see - and hear - John Rowland blowing old school, swinging tenor and the aforementioned P. Ruddick putting down a marker to any alto sax wannabies. Good to see Joe Steels (guitar) dropping by, Conor Emery (trombone), Alex Shipsey (bass), the graduates Jacob Egglestone and Bailey Rudd (guitar and drums respectively) and a clutch of drummers - debutant Joe (Take Five), Bailey, Josh Weir, Michael Mather, Freddie Richards. 

Newcastle University student Ollie (tenor sax) made his Black Swan debut. The word has it he was feeling a tad nervous. Ollie can play, no worries, we'll be hearing more from him, that's for sure. Becky Tuck was in the house. A gigging musician, it was great to see Becky supporting the 'first and third Tuesday in the month' jam session (see photo: Becky with Conor Emery).

Entering the home straight, Mr P.C. - Paul Grainger - assembled the troops for the grand finale. So many of them got up it was difficult to count 'em all - twelve, thirteen, fourteen...And off they went blowing on C Jam Blues (see photo: the frontline horns - Shivan, Ollie, Conor, Esther, the common denominator...they're the new kids on the block). The next Black Swan jam session ('first Tuesday') is scheduled for Tuesday 5 December. It's a 7:30pm start, be prepared to join the queue for the best free show in town. Russell

Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums) + Paul Ruddick (alto sax); Esther Coombes (alto sax, clarinet); John Rowland, Ollie ? (tenor sax); Shivan Ruddick, Edgar Bell (trumpet); Jacob Egglestone, Joe Steels (guitar); Conor Emery, David Gray (trombone); Alex Shipsey, Jamie Watkins (bass guitar); Owen Jones (double bass); Joe, Bailey Rudd, Josh Weir, Michael Mather, Freddie Richards (drums); Kate O'Neill, Ian Drever, Becky Tuck, ? (vocals)

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