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Bebop Spoken There

Rickie Lee Jones: "There's lots of music and not so much celebrity. I guess I'll stay here [New Orleans] for a while if it doesn't get washed away in the flood." - (The Observer 18.04.21)

Archive quotes.

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.

Postage

13,107 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 526 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (April 16).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sarah Ellen Hughes Update

In the early days of BSH one of the names that frequently popped up was Sarah Ellen Hughes. We heard her a couple of times at the Cherry Tree in Jesmond, the Customs House in South Shields (see photo), Scarborough Jazz Festival as well as on her home turf at the Spice of Life in Soho and then, this NYJO graduate disappeared off our radar. Goodbye jazz, hello teaching was the last we heard.

Until Friday night ...

On Friday, Sarah, now Sarah Frecknall, reappeared  with a live stream on Facebook. I was late getting to the party so, sadly, I only heard the last few numbers but, it was enough to tell me the girl still had it.

I needed to know more. To find out why she'd left/returned to jazz. Her change of name - marriage no doubt - future plans, next livestream, what she had for breakfast ... over to you Sarah ...

Sarah: "I’m still teaching and living in Hertfordshire with my husband and 3-yr-old son. I went part-time after giving birth and it’s the best decision I ever made! I absolutely love my teaching job (music teaching to primary-aged children) and still have time for my family and to pursue other interests including knitting and teaching the local choir."

"I have still kept a hand in the live music world, as I’m a member of the touring group Roots of Jazz. We travel to different churches - mostly in the home counties - to present a concert about the history of jazz and how it relates to the biblical story of slavery. It’s a really interesting project and gives me a chance to blow my pipes on some fabulous gospel songs!  We do concerts about once a month, and I’m able to fit it into my life as it requires no rehearsal or promotion from me - something which was incredibly challenging and in the end, a nail in the coffin of my self-promoted jazz career."

"As a result of this continued live singing, I know I’m still capable of presenting a concert - even though I’ve forgotten most of the words of the standards I used to sing! So when a friend asked if I would be keen to perform at a fundraising gig for a local music centre in trouble, I was more than happy to get involved."

"I’m still Sarah Ellen Hughes as a performer, but getting married in 2014 gave me the surname Frecknall."

"There are no future plans for any more jazz or live-streaming! But now that I know it can be done, I’ll be happy to take on more fundraising if it comes up. However, I’m mindful that so many ex-colleagues and friends have lost months' worth of income over this pandemic, so I do not want to take work away from them as lockdown eases, given it is no longer my job."

"For breakfast I had toasted tea cakes!"

Lance: Thanks Sarah.

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