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Donald Harrison: "Eddie [Henderson] can play the hardest music effortlessly; things people are afraid of he plays like it's nothing."- (DownBeat, January 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

13862 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 81 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Le Café Parisien @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Big Wild Winter Party. Triple bill inc. Andy Lawrenson's Le Café Parisien.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.CANCELLED!

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.
.Sat 29: Anarchy Brew Co. 10 Year Birthday Beer Bash @ Anarchy Brew Co, Benfield, Newcastle. £6.00. All day event. Line-up inc. Washboard Resonators (5:00-6:30pm). Tickets: www.ticketweb.uk.

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

February 2022

Wed 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 02: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 02: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 02: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 03: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ LIVE Concerts at Home. 1:15pm. A Newcastle University online only event.
Thu 03: John Williamson Trio @ Durham University (Music Dept.). 7:30pm. £5.00.
Thu 03: Chris Farlowe w Norman Beaker Band + Teresa Watson Band @ Newcastle Labour Club. 7:30pm. An evening of rhythm & blues.
Thu 03: Knats @ Daniel Farm Shop & Tea Rooms, Wylam. 8:15pm. £18.00. (inc. food from 7:00pm). A Wylam Winter Tales Festival event. SOLD OUT!
Thu 03: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 03: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

NJF 2020: Jazz in Lockdown (panel discussion) - August 15

What have musicians been doing in lockdown? Alyn Shipton asked three well known figures - Paul Edis, Jo Harrop and Dennis Rollins - to contribute their thoughts in a non-round table Zoom platform discussion as part of today's Newcastle Jazz Festival. From not putting petrol in the tank to not getting on a plane to St Lucia to perhaps finding a way to gig for real, our talking heads chewed the pandemic fat.


Mr Shipton wondered what each panel member had been doing during lockdown. Dennis confessed that for a few weeks he hadn't touched his trombone although latterly he had been looking to online teaching and planning ahead to tour his Velocity Trio and downsizing his Funky Funk outfit in the belief promoters coming out of lockdown won't be willing to book much more than a quartet. Jo spoke of the very real issue of home schooling kids and the difficulty (impossibility?) of being creative when the demands/needs of children in these strange times are pretty much 24/7. Paul pointed to a need to be busy, to have a routine, hence a run of twenty consecutive Friday lunchtime solo piano live streams.

All three musicians have projects on the go or in suspended animation; albums recorded, albums released (Jo Harrop and Jamie McCredie's Weathering the Storm described by one national newspaper jazz critic as 'perfect'), gigs scheduled (and likely to be rescheduled again!), the energy is there, the creativity is there. Our three contributors did express concern for young musicians and those graduating from music schools. Hustling for gigs is hard enough at the best of times, for the new kids on the block the next few weeks and months will be a test of their metal. In summary, this Newcastle Jazz Festival Zoom event gave the impression that, despite everything, the participants were optimistic about the future. It's the only way to be, isn't it?

At seven o'clock Leeds based Jasmine will be online, and, at 7:30, festival headliner Jay Phelps will close the show.  

Newcastle Jazz Festival 2020 online is free to view. If you wish to make a donation visit: www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk
Russell

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