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Bebop Spoken There

Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 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

14477 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 755 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (August 18).

From This Moment On ...

August

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri. 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Ayr Jazz Club, Fairfield House Hotel, Fairfield Rd, AYR KA7 2AS. 7:30pm. For accommodation call the hotel on 01292 267461. For tickets call Ayr Jazz Club Secretary, Stuart McLean, on 01292 590773.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).
Sat 20: Boys of Brass @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 22: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 23: FILM: Space is the Place @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. 6:25pm. Dir. John Coney (1974). Starring Sun Ra!
Tue 23: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 23: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 24: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 25: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 25: La Sonora Boreal’s Latin Jam Session @ The Globe, Newcastle (7:45pm). Free (donations). Monthly Latin jazz performance & jam session.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Knats' farewell gig w. guests Ladies of Midnight Blue + a mystery band!
Thu 25: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm. Paul Skerritt & James Harrison.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hannabiell & Midnight Blue present: Retro - 3rd Annual Halloween Party

8pm on Friday 25th October 2013; Reds Bar (Northumbria University)
Tickets £6 advance /£8 on the door
Hannabiell & Midnight Blue are back with their annual sell-out Halloween spectacular, with guests invited to get creative and dress retro style with prizes for the best dressed!. Never ones to disappoint, the dynamic ensemble are presenting an evening to be remembered including a stellar line-up which showcases both the North East’s most established and emerging talent; Celebrating the independent artists who populate the City’s vibrant scene and invigorating it further by encouraging musical collaborations.
Not only will party-goers have the pleasure of enjoying Hannabiell & Midnight Blue’s signature, high energy Afro-Psychedelic Funk Style, this event will also see an exciting collaboration between the band and Geordie brass dance band The Baghdaddies. The Baghdaddies are one of the North East’s most cherished bands, best known for their infectious Balkan style, middle-eastern rhythms and influences from ska, jazz, punk and
metal delivered with theatre and exuberance. And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, DJ Tim Shaw from Triptik Records will be on hand to further entertain the audience, bringing a unique and uplifting mix of percussive latin, funk, soul and house to make people move.
“Our annual Halloween Double Bill is a platform in which Hannabiell & Midnight Blue practice what we preach, which is a passion for playing music and creating a scene that aid in breaking down cultural barriers. This is our third annual double bill, which fall during Black History month, where we collaborate with musicians who would otherwise not share the same bill/stage. Midnight Blue has a diverse membership, which is also reflected in its diverse and intergenerational fan base. The double bills are spaces where the fans from both ensembles come together to celebrate the rich and diverse musical cultures here in the North East. This year Hannabiell will take the show one step further with a joint encore not to be missed!” Hannabiell Sanders
Hannabiell & Midnight Blue fuse together Afro-Caribbean & Latin percussion, Jazz, Afrobeat, Funk, and Reggae to create their unique sound. It has been described by London based vintage afro-vinyl collector Volta 45 as "Afro-psychedelic funk". The music created from this fusion is an organic blend of powerful and upbeat drums, brass, vocal chants, and mbira compositions which not only produces an invigorating party atmosphere, it also summons audience participation. Since arriving to the UK, they have created a buzz in the North East of England performing at venues such as the Sage Gateshead, The Journal Tyne Theater, The Cluny, The Queens Hall Art Center in Hexham, Northern Stage, Star & Shadow Cinema, Live Theatre and many more. They have also performed at other venues nationally like Livebox at the Hare & Hound-Birmingham, Jazz Refreshed-London, The Hagglers Corner-Sheffield and Durham: Brass International Festival.
The Baghdaddies have been touring the world for 14 years, with a strong repertoire of world music with strong Balkan tendencies alongside Caribbean grooves, Middle Eastern rhythms and even some Geordie [native Newcastle] touches, all awash with influences such as ska, jazz, punk and metal, delivered with theatre and exuberance. Uplifting and infectiously danceable, full of blistering brass, rousing 5 part vocal harmonies and a rhythm section that you can’t keep still to. Songs to listen to and party! The Baghdaddies perform at festivals and venues all over the world, they also perform street shows and can also change their instrumentation to roam and process in a Roma Brass band style with marching drum, sousaphone, trombone, sax and trumpet.
DJ Tim Shaw has worked extensively as a professional composer, sound artist, performer, producer and community musician. His practice incorporates diverse approaches to sound processing, and includes creating immersive and re- sponsive sound installations. He is manager of the Newcastle based record label Triptik, as well as working as a freelance producer and artist. Tim has created musical commissions for Warp Records, The Baltic Centre for Art, The British Council and Jalapeno.

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