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Abbie Finn: "Even though there's a lot of great work being done to promote women in jazz, I still come up against some attitudes! I pulled up at a recording session with my drums in the car and the studio owner said, 'I'm sorry, this space is reserved for the drummer!'" - (Jazzwise April 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!"


15245 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 264 of them this year alone and, so far, 77 this month (March 25).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Mar 26: Pop Jazz @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. 'Jazzified' tunes by the likes of Sylvester, Bowie, the Monkees etc., feat. Alan Law, David Gray, Richard Herdman & Jude Murphy.
Sun 26: Outlines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 28: Sanaz Lavasani Trio @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv).

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £2.00. All welcome.
Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. Back to 1:00pm stomp off. Free.
Thu 30: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 31: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. CANCELLED! Back next week (April 7).
Fri 31: Jasmine Myra + Waclaw Zimpel @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 31: The Revolutionaires @ The Shack, Boldon Colliery. 7:30pm. £10.00. The Revolutionaires' big band (horn section) line-up.
Fri 31: Andrew McCormack @ Maltings, Berwick. 8:00pm. £20.00.

Sat 01: The Big Easy @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning - In a Minor Key. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 01: Hot Club du Nord @ Pleased to Meet You, Bridge St., Morpeth. 8:00pm. £79.00. A charity fundraising event.
Sat 01: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 7:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. RESCHEDULED to next week (Sat 08).

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


(Press release)

On Tuesday 14th September 2021, Boisdale’s Patron of Music Jools Holland and Ferne McCann hosted The Boisdale Music Awards on the Yamaha Music London stage at Boisdale of Canary Wharf, in celebration of the greatest musicians in jazz, soul, blues, reggae and pop.


The evening began with a VIP cocktail reception where the star studded guests including Emeli Sande, Birdy, Kenney Jones, Naughty Boy, Tallia Storm, Suzi Quatro, Omar and Paul Young enjoyed Tequila Codigo 1530 Rosa Paloma cocktails before a three course gala dinner of Boisdale classic dishes served with incredible wines from Terrazas de los Andes.  


The electric atmosphere continued with a high-spirited awards ceremony where each deserving winner gave a spectacular and intimate performance. Ferne, Jools and each sponsor welcomed the award winners to present their award certificates and bottles of Glenmorangie X whiskey, Eminente rum or Codigo 1530 tequila.


This made for an evening that consisted of 13 magical performances from some of the best artists across the world, including spontaneous cheers from the crowd demanding ‘one more song’ from the legendary Suzi Quatro.


And for the first time ever the Boisdale Music Awards featured the all new Charlie Watts Award in honour of the legendary Rolling Stones sticksman and to recognise incredible rock and roll drummers and legendary musical talent such as Kenney Jones of the Small Faces and the Who who collected the award on the night. 






Presented by Grace Pearson of Terrazas de los Andes 

WINNER - Claire Martin 

The OBE has performed worldwide and is a critically acclaimed tour-de-force on the UK jazz scene.

RUNNER UP - Tom Seals

Hailed as the UK’s finest boogie woogie and blues pianist / vocalist.



Presented by Jonathan Wingate of Boisdale Life Magazine 

WINNER - Acantha Lang

A soul artist born and raised in New Orleans with credits including Chaka Khan, Prince and Roy Ayers to name a few.

RUNNER UP - Marcus Bonfanti

Twice winner of the British Blues Awards for Best Acoustic Performer and Best Songwriter as well as countless nominations in other categories. 



Presented by Elizabeth Fox of Visit Jamaica 

WINNER - Carroll Thompson

Known as the Queen of Lovers Rock, Carroll’s breakout moment came in 1981 when her debut album Hopelessly in Love sold over one million copies worldwide.

RUNNER UP - Janet Kay

Janet has become one of Britain’s foremost reggae vocalists and in 2003 was voted one of the 100 Great Black Britons.



Presented by Lady Clayton of Glencoe & Lochbar 

WINNER - Caitlin

Budding pop-star and sister to Brit Awards nominated star Birdie.

RUNNER UP - Emily Capell

Singer and songwriter Emily has brought a new genre of country, ska, doo wopp and pop to the music scene. 



Presented by Elgin Loane of The Wren Press 

WINNER - Musclehead 

Lloyd 'Musclehead' Saxon is a DJ sound system icon and co-founder of the esteemed Saxon Sound.

RUNNER UP - Mike Read

Read’s broadcasting career began in 1976 and he is best known for being a DJ at BBC Radio 1.



Presented by Stephen Davies of Yamaha Music London 

WINNER - Albert Lee

The Double Grammy Award Winner started his career during the emerging rock 'n' roll scene of 60s London and became one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history.

RUNNER UP - Ben Waters

Boogie Woogie and New Orleans R&B star who has performed at the world’s most iconic venues.



Presented by Gordon Mac of Mi-Soul Radio 

WINNER - Emeli Sande

Emeli’s debut album Our Version of Events broke a chart record set by the Beatles and has since won two Brit Awards in 2013, performed an iconic show at Glastonbury, and opened the London 2012 Olympics.

RUNNER UP - Mica Paris

Mica Paris is one of the UK’s finest and most respected singers with a long career of hit singles and albums marking her out as the undisputed British queen of soul.



Presented by Richard Burge of London Chamber of Commerce & Industry 

WINNER - Leee John

Leee came to the world’s attention with his group Imagination which he founded in the early 80s and has since celebrated 30 years in the entertainment industry. 

RUNNER UP - Stephen Triffitt

As part of the original cast of The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas, Stephen has performed on both sides of the Atlantic with sell-out shows in Las Vegas and London. 



Presented by Steve Hallam of Jump Events 


Without doubt one of the greatest soul music talents the UK has ever produced.

RUNNER UP - Rebecca Ferguson

Award winning British singer / songwriter and TV personality who reached the final of The X Factor in 2010 whilst her debut album Heaven received both commercial and critical success.



Supported by Abi Dodds of Tequila Codigo 1530 

WINNER - Paul Young 

English singer, songwriter and musician. Formerly the frontman of the bands Kat Kool & the Kool Cats, Streetband and Q-Tips, he became a teen idol with his solo success in the 80s.

RUNNER UP - The Brand New Heavies

The leading band of London's acid jazz scene, The Brand New Heavies have translated their love of sophisticated 70s funk grooves into an evolving danceable sound.



Presented by Grace Pearson of Eminente Rum 

WINNER - Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi is synonymous with heavy rock, his innovative, de-tuned, dark riffs are considered to be the blueprint for hundreds of bands that followed.



Presented by Ranald Macdonald of Boisdale Restaurants & Bars 

WINNER - Suzi Quatro

The queen of rock, Suzi reached number one in the UK with her singles "Can The Can" and "Devil Gate Drive" in the 70s.



Presented by Jools Holland and Ferne McCann 

WINNER - Kenney Jones

A living legend of rock music. Founding member of the Small Faces, drummer with the Faces and the Who and member of the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame.



Presented by Grace Pearson of Glenmorangie X

WINNER - Osibisa

Founded in 1969, Osibisa gained enigmatic momentum in the 70s with UK chart hits including “Dance The Body Music” and the iconic “Sunshine Day”.


Live music runs through everything we do at Boisdale, with over 1,250 live jazz, blues and soul performances on Boisdale stages every year with recent performances from The Brand New Heavies, Courtney Pine, Rebecca Ferguson, Lulu, Melanie C, The Zombies, Alexander O’Neal, Horace Andy, Marcia Griffiths, Shola Ama, Gabrielle, Boney M, Nicola Roberts, Suggs and Chrissie Hynde. As a result Boisdale is now the hottest live music restaurant group in London, where guests can enjoy the usual Boisdale magic of the finest British produce, sensational drinks and impeccable service whilst enjoying up close and personal performances from global recording artists, all in some of the most beautiful dining rooms in London. Quite simply Boisdale is the most unique and exciting live music dining experience in London.



The Boisdale Music Awards is a celebration of some of the greatest entertainers in the worlds of jazz, blues, soul, pop, rock and reggae. Hosted by one of the most influential broadcasters in the UK, Jools Holland, this is a truly unique and unpredictable occasion that honours extraordinary talent and sees a cross section of genre defining performances for one night only at London’s leading live music restaurant. Previous winners and performers include Dawn Penn, The British Collective, Maxi Priest, Luciano, Judi Jackson, Raye, Lisa Stansfield, Imelda May, Tallia Storm, The Sharmoofers, Mica Paris, Omar and Fleur East. 



Jools Holland is Boisdale’s Patron of Music presenting the very best in jazz, blues, soul and rock’n’roll. Described as “London’s number one jazz venue” by Tatler Magazine, Boisdale of Canary Wharf is a two-floor venue overlooking the fountains of Cabot Square, which comprises an award-winning restaurant serving modern British food and outstanding wines, four private dining rooms, The Oyster Bar & Grill, First Floor Terrace and the world’s most extensive whiskey bar.


"London's number one jazz venue" Tatler

"Best Whisky Bar in the World" Whisky Magazine

"A carnivore's dream" Evening Standard

"Dry aged steaks are incredible" Square Meal

"The world's most individualistic style bar and restaurant" Hot Ticket

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