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John Scofield: "I like architecture that lends itself to improvisation." - (Jazzwise November, 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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! --

Postage

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, June 04, 2021

Jo Harrop - Mary Janes and a Brand New Hat

(Press release)

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Jo Harrop has proudly revealed her new single ‘Red Mary Janes And A Brand New Hat’, the second track from her much-anticipated new studio album, The Heart Wants, due for release October 2021 on Lateralize Records.

Recorded in London and produced by Hannah V (who has worked with everyone from JP Cooper to Stormzy), ‘Red Mary Janes And A Brand New Hat’ was written by Harrop, Hannah V and Natalie Williams and features Jason Rebello (piano), Troy Miller (drums), Jihad Darwish (bass) and Jamie McCredie (guitar).

 

“Red Mary Janes And A Brand New Hat was written late one night at Hannah’s studio in Hoxton after a few bottles of wine,” Harrop explains. “We were all missing gigs and reminiscing about the good times when we got dressed up and took to the stage – the place where all troubles magically fly away. It’s a real contrast to the bluesy torch songs that I usually write, so perhaps people won’t think I’m totally miserable and heartbroken all the time after hearing this.”

 

“It’s really a song about getting ready to go out on stage and perform, dressed in something that makes you feel good and gives you confidence. A glass of good red wine, mic in hand…that’s how I always perform. One of my favourite lines in the song – ‘Whisper the blues right in your ear / Sing so softly only you can hear’ – sums up the intimate way that I try to tell a story when I sing. It’s a salute to all the female jazz singers I cherish, from Sarah Vaughan through to Nina Simone.”

 

Jo’s first solo single If I Knew was released this past April to much fanfare, including multiple plays on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, and JazzFM.

 

“You know the voice, you know she’s quality… Absolutely gorgeous” – Jo Whiley, BBC Radio 2

 

Jo’s 2020 collaboration with Jamie McCredie Weathering The Storm received a raft of rapturous reviews upon its release, showing her velvety voice can melt the stoniest of hearts, with BBC 6 Music’s Iggy Pop exclaiming  “I Believe her… She convinces me.”

 

Jo will be making a welcome return to the stage as part of Lateralize Records’ Jazz On A Summer’s Evening showcase at London’s Cadogan Hall on 5th June 2021.

 

Jo Harrop is surely one of the brightest new stars in the jazz universe.

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