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Farewell Blues

R I P Terry Shannon - November 5, 1929 - October 29, 2022
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R I P Top Cat Daphne - ? - November 24, 2022.
R I P Louise Tobin - November 11, 1918 - November 26, 2022

Bebop Spoken There

Kenny Barron: "During the pandemic I got to do a lot more cooking. As long as you can read you can cook." - (DownBeat December, 2022)

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!"

Postage

14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Serendip Quartet - Queen of Fire

(Press release)

Two of Europe’s most talked-about jazz scenes – London & Brussels – meet in the latest release from saxophonist Arnaud Guichard’s Serendip quartet.

Having lived & studied in London for five of his formative years (including alongside in-demand drummer Moses Boyd, whose album he appears on), Guichard returned to his home country of Belgium. 

Queen of Fire (out May 7th) showcases the spirit of these vibrant cities in a record which takes in contemporary jazz, electronics and African spiritual music.

The current line-up also reflects this journey, switching out the British musicians from the debut Serendip release for three hotly-tipped Belgian players: Florent Jeunieaux (guitar),  Jasper de Roeck (double bass) and Matthias De Waele (drums).

The album is much more than a musical statement: it’s inspired by the story of the many women in the Democratic Republic of Congo who’ve been the subject of attacks over the last 20 years. In narrating the healing journey of one such woman, the album aims to raise awareness of an issue which is close to Guichard’s heart; his father was born there and his grandmother still lives there. 

“This record is dedicated to all the victims of sexual violences in DRC and to Dr. Denis Mukwege and his team who work hard at restoring the pride and dignity of all the victims of these atrocities. We hope the war that has killed millions of people and continues to destroy so many lives comes to an end.” – Arnaud Guichard

With a profile already bolstered by regular airplay on UK radio and appearances at some of London’s coolest underground venues, Queen of Fire is a meaningful addition to the growing Serendip discography.

Arnaud Guichard | tenor saxophones, compositions
Florent Jeunieaux |
 Guitar
Jasper De Roeck 
| double bass
Matthias de Waele 
|
 drums

“The influence of the vibrant UK jazz scene is more than tangible” – Jordi De Beule for Jazz&Mo’ (Belgium)

1. I Am Just a Little Girl With a Dream
2. Fighting My Own Demons
3. Born To Be Free
4. Dancing My Desires
5. They Call Me The Queen Of Fire

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Arnaud Guichard is a Belgian born saxophonist and composer. He lived in the UK from 2013 to 2019 where he performed as a sideman and as a leader with the renowned jazz musicians Zoe Rahman, Mark Lockheart, Simon Purcell, Mick Foster, Dave Wickins, Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd. 

Arnaud studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London with saxophonist Jean Toussaint (Art Blakey). While studying he was awarded the Jon Hassal prize for jazz in 2015 before graduating in 2016.

His latest work as a bandleader ‘Serendip’ is a project that reflects Arnaud’s early influences from the ‘Symphony Fantastique’ by Berlioz. Serendip cultivates the essence of program music using the Persian tale ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’ as an extra-musical narrative.

Serendip launched its first album ‘The Tale’ released by Impeka Records at Total Refreshment Centre in London in May 2018.It has since performed at prestigious venues like Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex Jazz Club, Jazz live at The Crypt, Jazz in The Round but also in more young and happening London venues like Ghostnotes, Rye Waxrecords, The Royal Albert bar and Kansas Smitty’s.

The album is well acclaimed by the United Kingdom’s jazz radio programs.‘The Tale’ is played regularly on Jazz FM radio and appeared on Soweto Kinch’s BBC Radio 3 program ‘Jazz Now’

In Belgium Serendip recently won the Sabam for Culture Prize at B Jazz International Contest 2019. The band plays regularly in Brussels jazz café and clubs.  

The album was also well received by the Belgian media as it appeared on Philippe Baron’s jazz radio program on RTBF and received a great review in the jazz magazine ‘Jazz n Mo’.  


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