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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).
R.I.P. Sue Mingus (April 2, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 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

14602 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Sept. 26).

From This Moment On ...

September

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 28: Battle of the Bands @ NE Volume Music Bar, Yarm Lane, Stockton. Doors 6:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. adv., £6.00. on the door. Participants inc. Milne Glendinning Band.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 28: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).
Wed 28: Laura Jurd @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 29: Ushaw Ensemble @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 29: Czajka & Puchaz + Mark Solborg + Anthropology @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 29: ‘58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Peter Morgan Trio @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 30: Adam Johnson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 30: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: Pete Churchill & Noel Dennis: Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership & Management @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:30-4:00pm. Workshop.Tickets: £3.30 (inc. bf). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: FILM: Bird (Dir. Clint Eastwood) + Swing Bridge (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 6:30pm.
Fri 30: Orphy Robinson + Maniscalco-Bigoni-Solborg + Nicole Mitchell + Binker Golding-Alexander Hawkins-John Pope-Paul Hession @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7:00pm). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Ushaw Ensemble @ St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 7:30pm.
Fri 30: Alter Ego @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

October

Sat 01: Dale Storr @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 01: Nicole Mitchell & Alexander Hawkins @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Pete Churchill. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 01: Orphy Robinson (in conversation); Beck Hunters w John Pope & Laura Cole; Daniel Levin; Black Top w Mariam Rezaei @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Simon O'Byrne @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Solo guitar & vocals.
Sat 01: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 9:00-9:45pm. A Great Market Caper multi-bill event. Superb Chicago blues band. Doors: 6:30pm. Tickets: £10.00. + bf.

Sun 02 RUTH LAMBERT TRIO @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 02: Helena Anahita Wilson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: Zoë Gilby Trio w Noel Dennis + John Garner & John Pope + Dilutey Juice @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £7.00.
Sun 02: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 02: Lindsay Hannon's 'Tom Waits for No Man' @ Three Tanners Bank, North Shields. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Celebrating the Life & Music of Pharoah Sanders @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £8.00. on the door. Feat. Sue Ferris, Paul Gowland, Tom Atkinson, Jude Murphy, Jeff Armstrong.
Sun 02: Shifa + Bex Burch & Leafcutter John + Farida Amadou @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 04: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 04: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 04: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Ship Isis, Sunderland. 7:30pm. Free.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

2018 British Jazz Awards Results Announced

(Press release)
After receiving votes more than 5500 jazz fans across the length and breadth of the UK, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 British Jazz Awards.

Now in their 32nd year, the British Jazz Awards were established to give the array of talented jazz musicians in this country they deserve by allowing the gig-going, record buying public on they thought the best performers, bands and releases were in the last 12 months, via post and an online survey.

The four nominations in each of the 16 categories were selected by a group of respected figures within the Jazz community, a list of whom is included below. In addition, voters had the chance to vote for any musicians not nominated who they considered worthy of a placing as a ‘write-in’ vote – the highest placed of these from each category are included in the final listings

Despite the continued brilliance of all of the nominees over years (and in some cases, decades), a majority of last year’s winners failed to make it two in a row, with Winston Clifford topping the polls in the Drums category for the first time while Kansas Smitty’s House Band and The Gareth Lockrane Big Band making debut wins in the Small Group and Big Band categories. In addition, it was third time lucky for young trumpet star Alexandra Ridout, who walked away with the hotly contested Rising Star award, given to the best up and coming musician under 25.
The results in full are as follows :
Trumpet
1
Enrico Tomasso     
2
Bruce Adams
3
Freddie Gavita
4
Henry Lowther
5
James Copus

Trombone
1
Mark Nightingale
2
Dennis Rollins
3
Mark Bassey
4
Ian Bateman
5
Annie Whitehead
Clarinet
1
Alan Barnes
2
Adrian Cox  
3
Pete Long
4
Julian Marc Stringle
5
Mark Crooks
Alto Sax
1
Alan Barnes
2
Soweto Kinch
3
Sam Mayne
4
Paul Towndrow
5
Mike Chillingworth

Tenor Sax
1
Karen Sharp
2
Dave O’Higgins
3
Art Themen
4
Robert Fowler
5
John Hallam
Piano
1
Dave Newton
2
Nikki Iles
3
Gareth Williams
4
Nikki Yeoh
5
Craig Milverton
Guitar
1
Jim Mullen
2
Martin Taylor
3
John Etheridge
4
Nigel Price
5
Dominic Ashworth
Double Bass
1
Dave Green
2
Alison Rayner
3
Arnie Somogyi
4
Andrew Cleyndert
5
Calum Gourlay


Drums
1
Winston Clifford
2
James Maddren
3
Steve Brown
4
Sebastiaan De Krom
5
Clark Tracey
Vocals
1
Claire Martin
2
Clare Teal
3
Tina May
4
Georgia Mancio 
5
Sara Dowling

Miscellaneous Instrument
1
Courtney Pine (soprano sax)
2
Ross Stanley (organ)
3
Emma Fisk (violin)
4
Andy Panayi (flute)
5
Ben Holder (violin)



Rising Star
1
Alexandra Ridout
2
Nubya Garcia
3
Nadim Teimoori
4
Daniel Casimir
5
Alex Clarke



Small Group
1
Kansas Smitty’s House Band
2
Nigel Price Organ Trio
3
Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen
4
Tipitina
5
Alison Rayner Quintet



Big Band
1
Greth Lockrane Big Band
2
NYJO
3
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
4
Beats & Pieces
5
Calum Gourlay Big Band

Best New Album
1
Woodville Records: “Ask Me Now”- Alan Barnes & Dave Newton
2
ECM Records: “The Study of Touch” – Django Bates Beloved
3
ART Records: “The Tour Continues” - Art Themen’s New Directions Quintet
4
Lake Records: “Thanks For The Melody” - Jeff Barnhart & Spats Langham
5
33 Jazz Records for "Risky Furniture" by Paul Jolly and Mike Adcock
Best Re-issue Album
1
Upbeat Recordings: “Sir Humph’s Delight” - Humphrey Lyttelton
2
Esoteric Recordings: “Where Fortune Smiles” – McLaughlin, Surman, Berger, Holland And Martin
3
Jazz Crusade: “It Looks Like A Big Time Tonight” - Johnny Parker
4
Lake Records: “My Tiny Band Is Chosen” - Freddy Randall
5
Gearbox Records: "Monk" - Thelonious Monk

With Thanks to our Nomination Panel:

Chris Hodgkins
Musician and broadcaster
David Nathan
National Jazz Archive
Denny Ilett
Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival
Gill Wilde
Grimsby Jazz
Ian Darrington
Wigan Jazz Festival
Jill Roger
Glasgow Jazz Festival
John Billett
JBGB Events
Lance Liddle
Bebop Spoken Here
Laurie Burnette
Jazz London Radio
Roger Cotterrell
Jazz Writer
Ron Simpson
The Jazz Rag

For more information, please contact:
Big Bear Music
On 0121 454 7020 / admin@bigbearmusic.com

Jim Simpson (Big Bear Music).

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