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Bebop Spoken There

John McDonough (reviewing Bright Red Dog’s In Vivo): “When you improvise on nothing, that’s what you get”. - DownBeat August 2021

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

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Thursday, September 03, 2020

As Sage Gateshead looks to the future Norman Foster announces his retirement

Sage Gateshead opened in December 2004 since when the Tyneside venue has firmly established its reputation as a world class performance venue. Long in the planning, Northern Sinfonia and Folkworks joined forces to help turn a dream into a reality. Unstinting support from Gateshead Borough Council guaranteed the first spade in the ground on the south bank of the Tyne and over many months Tynesiders watched as the iconic building began to take shape. This week, at the age of 85, the project's architect, Norman Foster, announced his retirement. 

Sage Gateshead's first festival of any kind just happened to be the Gateshead International Jazz Festival in spring 2005. Following the fourteenth annual festival in 2018, Sage Gateshead decided to take time out. The event was paused, missing out 2019 altogether, determined to return reinvigorated this year. And then, the world stopped turning. The pandemic put an end to a remodelled 'Gateshead Jazz' scheduled for March. Fingers crossed that in 2021 things will be back to the 'old normal'!   
Russell

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