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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 2023)

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

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

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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