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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!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16497 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 377 of them this year alone and, so far, 89 this month (May 30).

From This Moment On ...

May

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

June

Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Edison Herbert Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 02: Musicians Unlimited @ West Hartlepool RFC, Hartlepool. 12 noon. Two sets (12 noon-1:00pm & 2:00-3:00pm). ‘Sunday Big Band Blast meets WHRFC’s Classic Car Show’.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 02: Mark Williams Trio @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 02: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. A 'pint sized' NCRO gig/rehearsal session feat. Dave Hignett, Jim McBriarty, Gavin Lee, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford with special guest drummer Nick Ward.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Anth Purdy @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington. 6:30pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’.
Sun 02: MSK @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 03: John Garner & John Pope @ Yamaha Music School, Blyth. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 04: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Ben Phillips, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

JAZZFUEL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ MUSICIAN SURVEY

(Press release)

“55% of jazz musicians surveyed said they had no live performances scheduled for 2021”

A Jazzfuel survey of 266 professional jazz musicians around the world highlights the difficulties faced by this industry not just in 2020, but going forwards. 

Among other takeaways, the results highlighted the scale of lost concerts and income this year, as well as the knock-on effects of this on plans for releasing new music. 

With more than 20% of all shows involving cross-border travels, the situation shows no sign of improving in the short term, with overall optimism for the industry in the next 12 months down to 4.2 out of 10.


For the full results, article & data visualisation


For more information: matt@jazzfuel.com


Demographic: 


  • 59% were based in Europe (including 22.5% in UK) and 35% North America (including 28% in USA).

  • Almost 80% have been professional musicians for more than 10 years.  


Key results


  • On a scale of 1-10, the average musician's optimism for the jazz scene in the next 12 months was rated as 4.2

  • 55% of all musicians surveyed had received some form of government support, although that figure dropped to 49% in the US.

  • 49% of all musicians had performed a livestream concert since lockdown and 27% of those said they were ‘extremely likely’ to continue doing that.

  • 61% of jazz musician’s surveyed said their 2020 income would be at least 50% lower than in 2019, with 30% saying it would be more than 75% less. 

  • 56% of income came from live performances, pre-COVID. 

  • The average lost income per musician worldwide as a result of cancelled shows was $12,079 [€10,274 / £9,378]. This amount rose to $17,150 [€14,588 / £13,315] in the US and dropped to $9,136 [€7,771 / £7,093] in Europe.

  • As of October 2020, 55% of jazz musicians surveyed said they had no live performances scheduled for 2021. This figure rose to 73% in the US and dropped to 48% in Europe.

  • On average, 22% of these musician’s gigs involve flights or crossing borders

  • The average musician had 35.5 cancelled gigs so far in 2020 as a result of COVID.

  • 62% of musicians surveyed said that the events of 2020 have had a knock-on effect in changing their plans for releasing music.


About Jazzfuel


Launched in 2016 by British jazz booking agent & manager Matt Fripp, Jazzfuel provides support, resources and tools for independent jazz musicians to grow their careers. 


Alongside articles and industry interviews, Jazzfuel hosts online courses and masterminds on topics such as gig-booking, social media & music promotion, as well done-for-you services around coaching, consulting and press campaigns - all tailored to the specific niche of jazz.


More information via Jazzfuel.com


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