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Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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!"

Postage

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Sat 03: Jazz Vocal Weekend Workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 9:30am - 5:00pm. £95.00. Two-day workshop with Liane Carroll. Info at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Jake Leg Jug Band @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning - Rhythm, Timbre, Dynamics. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 03: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sat 03: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Amble Parish Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party.
Sat 03: Ray Johnson, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jazz in Prague - a (P)layman's Guide

Prague looks to be an interesting place for the jazzman as the following article indicates.
Lance.
Interview with Prague Jazz Expert – Tony Emmerson
To highlight the extraordinary jazz talent in the Czech Republic, Steph Sheehan from lowcostholidays.com asked UK jazz bloggers to contribute questions towards an interview with Tony Emmerson, the oracle of jazz in Prague. Tony moved from London to Prague six years ago and now writes a wonderful blog, dedicated to Prague Jazz. Here he talks about his top 5 Czech jazz artists, how easy it is to make a living as a jazz artist in Prague and why this city has one of the best jazz scenes in Europe.
More info: For the full interview with Tony see the lowcostholidays.com Prague Jazz page, which also features information on Czech artists, the best jazz venues in Prague and how to spend 24 hours and 48 hours on a jazz-themed Prague city break.  ‘Czech’ out Tony’s Prague Jazz blog here and follow him on Twitter @TonyEmmerson.
Ian Mann from thejazzmann.com asks. . .
Q1: I heard saxophonist Stepan Marovic on a Radio 3 special about jazz in Prague just prior to my trip and bought “Resolution” by his group Jazz Face while I was out there. Is Stepan Markovic still playing? Do you know anything as well about the trumpeter Juraj Bartos?
A1: Štěpán Markovič still plays regularly in the Czech Republic and is known as one of the elder statesmen of the scene. The last time I saw him was playing at one of the Jazz at the Castle concerts, attended by President Klaus. Juraj Bartoš is still around too, although less high profile. Both are excellent players worthy of wider recognition.
Ian Maund from Sandybrownjazz.co.uk asks…
Q2: I’m interested to know about how the Czech Republic is encouraging young musicians in schools and colleges. What support do they get generally when they leave school and want to play professionally?
A2: It is tough to make it here, as it is anywhere, but at least the number of venues means that there are opportunities for young players. Therefore wanting to be a professional musician is not some outlandish dream but something that is seen as attainable for those with talent. The next stage, where you make enough cash to have music as your sole income, is much harder to reach and many musicians supplement their income with teaching or "normal" work.
Barry Ballman from playjazz.blog.co.uk asks. . .
Q3: Do you know of any jazz workshops or classes in Prague that visiting jazz dabblers can take part in?
A3: There is an annual Czech Jazz Workshop that attracts teachers and students from around the world, but it is a serious affair, not just dabbling. Some of the clubs host jam sessions, but the standard is high, so anyone who isn't at that level won't get a look in. That is the downside of having so many talented musicians running around the city!
Peter L Bacon from thejazzbreakfast.wordpress.com asks . . .
Q4: Can you name five Prague-based jazz musicians that we should be listening to? Maybe a combination of well-established that we might have heard of and stars of the future...
A4:
·   Emil Viklický is the greatest of the Czech jazzers and quite possibly the greatest pianist you've not heard of. You can read an interview with him here http://praguejazz.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/interview-emil-viklicky.html
·  Luboš Andršt is the country's resident guitar god. Self-taught, he's been highly regarded since the early 1970s.
·   František Uhlíř is known as the "Paganini of the Bass". He can make it sing in a way that many bassists can only aspire to achieve.
·   Beata Hlavenková is a very talented young pianist who isn't afraid to innovate, and her band sometimes features slightly unusual instruments such as the steel guitar. She is a good example of how Czech isn't frozen in time.
·   Robert Balzar was the bassist in the band that played with Bill Clinton at Reduta in 1994. He has a well-established and vibrant Trio who play original material and standards.
Q5: The question that is always on my mind, and I suppose links to the one about young musicians but is more about the pros, is it possible for jazz musicians to make a living in Prague? Is there any state support? Do Prague venues pay a living wage?
A5: It is possible but it is not easy. The issue of how much venues pay is a live one, with some clubs having a reputation for being fair and others less so. Some musicians are quite vocal about not playing venues that don't pay reasonably. Either you have supplementary income, play most nights, or eat cat food.  The opposing view is that club gigs aren't for money - they're a workshop to hone your art - and revenue should come from elsewhere.
Steph from blog.lowcostholidays.com asks. . .
Q6: Do you ever miss the UK jazz scene at all? Have you always been a jazz fanatic or only since you moved to Prague?
A6: I always liked jazz but moving to Prague gave me a chance to see a lot more great music than I could when I was living in London. There are several venues in Prague where I can see world class jazzers in action every night and it costs less than a tenner to get in. The style of Czech jazz also appeals to me - there is such a strong sense of melody and the tunes can be deliciously bitter-sweet. Emil V is the master of this - sometimes he plays and it is truly a transcendental experience.
Q7: Also (one more cheeky, one) – what would be your perfect day/night out in Prague?
A7: That last question is the hardest of the lot. There is so much to do here... hot afternoons in beer gardens, rowdy evenings at the ice hockey or football, a night at the opera or ballet, and of course going to jazz clubs. A good day is one where I wake up. A perfect day is one where I make it through to the end. Other than that it's all good...

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