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Fergus McCreadie: "I think a lot of the best music is very political, and there are so many things going on in the world that I'm constantly angry at. But for me making music is not the space for that" (Jazzwise July 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:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14336 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 555 of them this year alone and, so far, 55 this month (June 19).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sun 26 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Outdoor (indoor if inclement weather).
Sun 26: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Springwell Village Community Venue, Gateshead. 2:30pm. A ‘1940s’ Weekend’ event (from 1:00pm).
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Los Chichanos @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Johnny Richards + jakTar live in Newcastle this Saturday 31st July 2021

(Press release)

This Saturday 31st July at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle upon Tyne you can catch the brilliant Johnny Richards performing something of a post-album launch for the excellent 'Build A Friend' on New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings.


Tickets will also be available on the door but we do try to encourage audiences to buy online in advance to help with seating plans and reducing the amount of cash handling. 

Saturday 31st July 2021
The Literary and Philosophical Society - Newcastle Upon Tyne

jakTar

jakTar is a recently founded high energy improvisation trio, consisting of Christophe de Bézenac (Tenor Saxophone), Paul Hession (Drums), and Michael Bardon (Double Bass). Musical ideas fly around at lightning speed but are never lost.

Hession is a veteran of European free improvisation and has played with everyone from Joe McPhee to Squarepusher. His trademark dynamic, rolling, inventive and melodic drumming is utterly unique and has to be seen/heard to be believed! Bardon is equally at home building synthesisers or shredding the bass and cello with Shatner’s Bassoon and Matthew Bourne’s Isotach. Restlessly creative Bardon can always be counted on to bring energy and drive whether as soloist or ensemble player. de Bézenac co-founded the influential band trioVD and divides his time equally between a career in cognitive neuroscience and performance. He is known for his signature relentlessly energetic approach to the horn, encompassing a unique range of extended techniques.

Johnny Richards

Johnny Richards is a composer, pianist and improviser. His music focuses on the cohesion of intricate composed material and improvisation that can be tightly woven into the framework of a single piece whilst incorporating varying genres, styles, unusual textures and emotions. This thread is prevalent in different forms through his work with a shifting emphasis between composition and improvisation whether it be his composition projects, solo piano improvisations or solo electronic output.

Since graduating from Leeds Conservatoire in 2010 he has played a prominent part in the UK improvised music scene with his main project Shatner’s Bassoon and also through collaborations with artists including Matthew Bourne (Nightport's w/ Matthew Bourne Live), James Mainwaring (Shatner's Bassoon & Roller Trio Collab), Craig Scott Lobotomy / Gastic Band, Radek Rudnicki (Space F!ght), Sean Noonan and the Ligeti Quartet.

It’s a pleasure to welcome Johnny Richards to play a solo piano set in support of his recent album ‘Build A Friend’ released on Tyneside’s New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings label.

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