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Bebop Spoken There

Victor Wooten: "People don't expect to have bass players get together and sound like music and not just like a bunch of elephants" (JazzTimes April, 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! --

Postage

14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sun 15 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 15: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne, nr. Newton Aycliffe. 1:00pm.
Sun 15: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 15: James Kitchman & Bruno Heinen @ Hexham Abbey. 7:30pm. £12.50. (ticket inc. admission to Abbie Finn Trio concert). Hexham Jazz Festival.
Sun 15: Trish Clowes’ My Iris @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 15: Abbie Finn Trio @ Hexham Abbey. 9:00pm. (£ see above). Hexham Jazz Festival.

Mon 16: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 16: Swing Manouche @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 17: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, July 27, 2020

LIVING IN SHADOWS TO RELEASE FOR THE DAY, FIRST TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM

(Press release)

For The Day is the first track from the upcoming Living in Shadows project, a body of work that will be the first full album release by musicians Zoë Gilby and Andy Champion in over seven years.

The single, to be released on July 31 across all digital platforms, makes a surprisingly, but welcomed, move away from their usual jazz forte, landing with a beautifully flighty appeal.

“We picked this song as our first release from the album because it has a sense of a new beginning,” began the award-winning vocalist, Zoë Gilby.
“It encapsulates a great deal of what the (upcoming) album is about. It feels like it is a spring board that personifies the concept of that body of work.”

Always a team effort, as has been witnessed via their Living Room Live, Patreon performances, Zoë is joined by her bass-playing husband, accomplished and esteemed musician, Andy Champion.

The love of jazz remains with the duo, the musical genre having been a major part of their make-up for a number of years however, the inspiration of other artists, and genres alike, is often there for all to hear, both in live performances, and releases.

“It wasn’t a conscious decision to ‘step away from the jazz,’ more a natural transition,” explained Zoë.  
“That being said, there are still a lot of jazz influences with our new sound.
“It is certainly more freeing to compose and record without worrying if it sounds like a certain genre or not.
“Just to make the music that is in our hearts, without concerning ourselves with what pigeonhole it needs to fit into.”

A somewhat excitable twist in the creative development of the duo, Zoë and Andy’s collaborative skills continue to shine through, the pair bouncing ideas off of each other with often regularity, and stunning effect.

It is something which most certainly appears in the new release, Zoë and Andy taking flight with consummate ease, Zoë adding: “Like most songs we write, I start with a melody idea and then start writing lyrics.
“Once I’ve got something fairly structured I take it to Andy and the composition begins to take place.
“This single, it takes its inspiration from the migration of birds and is simply, the promise of a new journey, a new beginning.”

For The Day, the first single from the upcoming album, Living in Shadows, from Zoë Gilby and Andy Champion, will be available to download via all digital platforms on Friday 31 July.
Featuring new social media platforms, Living in Shadows can be found on Facebook and Twitter  

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