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Farewell Blues

R.I.P. HRH Queen Elizabeth ll (1926 - Sept. 8, 2022).
R.I.P. Trevor Tomkins (1941 - Sept. 9, 2022).
R.I.P. Gordon McGregor (Sept. 11, 2022).
R.I.P. Ramsey Lewis (1935 - Sept. 12, 2022).
R.I.P. Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 13, 1940 - Sept. 24, 2022).
R.I.P. Sue Mingus (April 2, 1930 - Sept. 24, 2022).

Bebop Spoken There

Larry Klein: "- in a certain way - Leonard [Cohen] is the greatest songwriter ever." - (Jazzwise October 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

14602 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Sept. 26).

From This Moment On ...

September

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 28: Battle of the Bands @ NE Volume Music Bar, Yarm Lane, Stockton. Doors 6:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. adv., £6.00. on the door. Participants inc. Milne Glendinning Band.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 28: Black is the Color of My Voice @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. One woman stage play (the life & times of Nina Simone).
Wed 28: Laura Jurd @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 29: Ushaw Ensemble @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 29: Czajka & Puchaz + Mark Solborg + Anthropology @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 29: ‘58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Peter Morgan Trio @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 30: Adam Johnson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 30: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 30: Pete Churchill & Noel Dennis: Exploring the Jazz Metaphor in Leadership & Management @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:30-4:00pm. Workshop.Tickets: £3.30 (inc. bf). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: FILM: Bird (Dir. Clint Eastwood) + Swing Bridge (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 6:30pm.
Fri 30: Orphy Robinson + Maniscalco-Bigoni-Solborg + Nicole Mitchell + Binker Golding-Alexander Hawkins-John Pope-Paul Hession @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle (7:00pm). A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 30: Ushaw Ensemble @ St Mary’s Church, Holy Island. 7:30pm.
Fri 30: Alter Ego @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 30: King Bee @ The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Independent, Sunderland. 9:00pm. £22.50. DJs + King Bee.

October

Sat 01: Dale Storr @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 01: Nicole Mitchell & Alexander Hawkins @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Pete Churchill. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 01: Orphy Robinson (in conversation); Beck Hunters w John Pope & Laura Cole; Daniel Levin; Black Top w Mariam Rezaei @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 01: Simon O'Byrne @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Solo guitar & vocals.
Sat 01: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 9:00-9:45pm. A Great Market Caper multi-bill event. Superb Chicago blues band. Doors: 6:30pm. Tickets: £10.00. + bf.

Sun 02 RUTH LAMBERT TRIO @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 02: Helena Anahita Wilson @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: Zoë Gilby Trio w Noel Dennis + John Garner & John Pope + Dilutey Juice @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £7.00.
Sun 02: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 02: Lindsay Hannon's 'Tom Waits for No Man' @ Three Tanners Bank, North Shields. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Celebrating the Life & Music of Pharoah Sanders @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £8.00. on the door. Feat. Sue Ferris, Paul Gowland, Tom Atkinson, Jude Murphy, Jeff Armstrong.
Sun 02: Shifa + Bex Burch & Leafcutter John + Farida Amadou @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 04: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 04: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 04: Blue Jazz Quartet w Rivkala @ The Ship Isis, Sunderland. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Notes from the frontline: A Celebration and Appreciation of NHS Key Workers - Press Release.

Harnessing the therapeutic power of music to heal trauma of health care in the COVID-19 pandemic.

ONLINE, SUNDAY 21 JUNE, 2PM BST - The North East and North Cumbria Healthcare Staff Wellbeing Hub is delighted to announce a celebratory day of music to help heroic NHS key workers process the trauma of working on the front lines during the global COVID-19 pandemic. This free online event is a collaboration between NHS singer-songwriters and world-renowned composers and musicians. There are some new co-produced songs representing staff across different health sectors and their experiences over the last 18 months. The event will be supported by musicians such as Sting, Eric Clapton, KT Tunstall, Nadine Benjamin, Calista Kazuko and Matthew Sheeran, brought together by the Connection Through Music Volunteers.

 

Utilising innovative developments in musical therapy, psychological research, well-being and music/health technology this event is designed as an act of collective healing for healthcare workers to process the adversity of the last year, find shared meaning and renew their purpose. The Connection through Music team has leveraged this link between music, creativity and emotional well-being in order to give something back to the millions of NHS workers who put themselves at risk every day to protect the vulnerable.

 

This project is funded by NHS England’s new regional support service to help their vital staff navigate the difficulties and trauma of working through the biggest global challenge of recent history. The team is made up of two staff members who work at one of the regional resilience hubs, a musician from the Music Mind Spirit Trust and a composer who was the originator of X-System, music/health technology that predicts how music make us feel. This team has delivered weekly shows in their own time since the start of the first lockdown in March 2020, bringing musical talent and wellbeing messages together for anyone who has wanted to join, as well as specific events for care home staff and those bereaved during the pandemic. These shows take us on musical journeys aimed to bring us together and consider the mental health issues that the isolation, fear, and cultural void of the pandemic gives us an opportunity to reflect on.

 

The event was initiated by Clinical Director Dr Angela Kennedy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and NHS England Lead for Trauma Informed, Care, with more than thirty years’ experience in the NHS in the field of psychological trauma, who will host the event. She is supported by Prof. Nigel Osborne, an internationally recognised composer, peace worker, and musical therapy pioneer, who worked with staff to create songs from their experiences. The scientific underpinnings of Osborne’s research on music and psychological well-being, paired with cutting edge technology aim to bring together traumatised healthcare staff and channel the power of music on the human mind and body, and the power of song to reflect on our experiences. Nigel is joined by distinguished violinist and educator Dr Chika Robertson, a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Dr Paras Patel, Senior Researcher in NHS Staff Wellbeing Resilience Hub, with a ground-breaking PhD covering the scientific, holistic evaluation of mental health and wellbeing. Much of the production was led by celebrated singer-songwriter Calista Kazuko.

 

Angela Kennedy said, ‘Our work across the North East and North Cumbria region has revealed the extent of the psychological impact working through the pandemic has caused to our staff. Building on work with music for wellbeing using Nigel’s playlists on the recovery college online website and our weekly Connection Through Music events, this event harnesses the best of what we know about human creativity and connectedness. We hope it signals a new kind of restoration and transformation around the dialogue of mental health that is not just about individuals but also about the community we create.’

 

The celebration of NHS staff through music was made possible through the support of the North East and North Cumbria Staff Wellbeing Hub sent up by NHS-England as a way of honouring the incredible resilience of NHS key workers in the face of unprecedented challenges by expressing their work through music and creativity.

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