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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!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Tyneside’s Jazz Vocalist of the Year is Belgium-bound

(Press release)

Newcastle jazz musician, Zoë Gilby, has already started 2020 in fine form, following up her 2019 Parliamentary Awards Jazz Vocalist of the Year with the announcement that she is the 2020 NE Online Magazine Artist of the Year, and now she’s Belgium-bound in late March for the Leuven Jazz Festival.

Situated in the Flanders region, twenty-five kilometres east of the capital, Brussels, the Leuven Jazz Festival celebrates its eighth year this March, a ten-day extravaganza between the 19th and 29th, with a focus on the female artists – ‘singers, pianists, drummers, trumpeters; meet the female power of modern jazz.’  

“Andy and I have been to Belgium on holiday before, a few years ago, and it’s an amazing place”, smiled Zoë.
“In fact, Andy has performed in Ghent, Brussels and Saint-Niklaas with other acts so we're no strangers to the country.”

Zoë will be performing on the Sunday afternoon from 2pm at the Huiskamer familie Hermans-Pini, timing which affords an opportunity for the pair to take in some of the delights of both the festival, and of the city and its surrounding areas, then heading to the cosmopolitan region for a long weekend.  

In bringing her duo performance, alongside husband and bass player, Andy Champion, to the festival’s ‘Female Focus,’ a delighted Zoë added: “I am so honoured to be included alongside other female singers, pianists, drummers and trumpeters.
“It really will be a meeting of the female powers of modern jazz, although it’s not just a focus on the women in jazz.

“I’m also delighted to be performing with my fantastic double bass playing husband, Andy Champion and it’ll be a pleasure to be able to share our duo project.
“It’s intense to perform as just voice and bass but the buzz we create from our duo is about embracing space, and exploring energies that just the two of us can create.
“It’s a soundscape with two instruments.”

Alongside headline acts which include Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn, Julian Lage Trio, Jakob Bro & Jesse van Ruller, Philip Catherine & Eric Legnini, LG Jazz Collective, The Breath, Incognito and LTJ Bukem, Zoë’s performance takes place on Sunday 29 March at 14:00 at the Huiskamer familie Hermans-Pini – places are at a premium so it’s urged to visit https://www.leuvenjazz.be/en/programme/detail/Zoe-gilby--andy-champion for further information.
Leuven Jazz Festival (English): https://www.leuvenjazz.be/en 
and (Dutch) https://www.leuvenjazz.be/ 

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