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Bebop Spoken There

Jeremy Pelt: "I'm so much into melodies and into sound, and the presence of sound, that I don't necessarily want to try to play in between the cracks of a note." - (DownBeat November 2020)

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".

Postage

12,000 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1140 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Oct. 27).

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IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON.

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 29

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity (upstairs). It’s Abbie’s birthday!

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00-10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Friday, October 16, 2020

But The Band Plays On - Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival Set To Go Ahead

(Press release)

With live music currently caught between the pincers of a global pandemic and an economic recession, the outlook for independent promoters and venues has never been worse. But one festival in Birmingham decided to take a stand rather than simply accept its fate.

That’s why, from the 16th-25th October, the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival is set to go ahead with a special Covid-safe edition. Normally staged during July, for the 36th consecutive year the festival will bring its nearly entirely free programme of live jazz and blues to the bars, squares, shopping centres and libraries of Birmingham and Sandwell.

With 34 events it won’t be the usual jazz and blues extravaganza our audiences have grown accustomed to but there will some of UK’s finest musicians alongside our local talent - and even the bawdy, good time blues of The Jim Dandies from Bassano del Grappa, in Italy.

All venues, musicians and festival staff will be strictly adhering to government Covid-19 guidance and singers, brass and wind players will have a PVC screen between them and the audience, for the first time ever audience members will be discouraged from dancing, and social distancing and mask wearing will be mandatory throughout.

Festival Director Jim Simpson said “this is the third time this year we have constructed the festival. The July event, with more than 200 programmes planned, was floored by the virus. We then delivered a 10 day Virtual Festival over the dates originally planned for the annual event, and here we are with what promises to be a most welcome celebration of some great music. We’ve encountered a bunch of delays and diversions but we’ve relished the challenge of keeping music live in these most unusual circumstances.

"It’s what we do!”

The full festival programme has now been released online at:

 www.birminghamjazzfestival.com  

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