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Veronica Swift: "I don't want to call myself a jazz singer anymore. I'm a singer and a storyteller.'" - (JazzTimes, December 2021)

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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.
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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!.

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public). .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Album Review: Ninna Milner – Treasures of the Heart


Ninna Milner (vocals, percussion); Lars Emil Riis (piano, keyboard); Thomas Raae (bass, cello, guitar, various tracks); Lis Wessberg (trombone 3 tracks)

Ninna Milner lives with her family in Osterbro, Copenhagen, where her husband owns the Drumstick shop. She has taken lessons with Rhiannon in Hawaii and with Bobby McFerrin in New York, performed at the Beijing Jazz Festival with a Chinese trio in 2007 and sings regularly at Cafe Intime in Copenhagen. In fact Ms Milner has taken part in many concerts since the mid-1980s. This is her fifth solo album, which has influences from spirituality and World Music.


Six of the tracks were composed by Ms Milner with lyrics by Christine Bojsen Traeden and there are two standards included. The information given describes the music as 'Lyrical Nordic jazz and bubbling world music...' I'd certainly agree with that as the songs are inventive, unusual, sad, tactile, romantic, optimistic by turns and also sometimes fun, covering a wide range of styles.

The lyrics are clever e.g. Naked in the Rain: 'I'm on my balcony, nothing to lose, come up hot baby, bring me my shoes', a saucy song, to contrast with the tactile romance of Invisible to the Eye: 'There are marks on my skin where you've been, but we can't see them'. The instrumentalists contribute well – on There is a Crack the trombone sounds tender and romantic.

The title track is a jaunty, amusing 1920s style song where, this time, the trombone is playful! My favourite track is Naked in the Rain, which is a slinky swing number: It's Not a Dream features a drone effect, presumably from guitar, adding to the dream idea, and an effective piano solo. The whole is appropriately rounded off with a standard, We'll Be Together Again, suitable for these Covid times, with a bass solo on this one.

Yet another woman singer who is well worth listening to. The album was released yesterday, September 14, in the form of 200 LPs and also on stream. 
Ann Alex
https://ninnamilner.dk/
There is a Crack; Treasures of the Heart; Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers; Did I Tell You?; Naked in the Rain; It's Not a Dream; Invisible to the Eye; We'll Be Together Again

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