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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".

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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Album review: Jo Harrop - The Heart Wants

The northeast's favourite expatriate songstress has come up with another winner, this time an album of mainly self-penned lyrics set to music by an assortment of musicians including Paul Edis - another musician not unknown in these parts. 

I've been waxing eloquent about the quantity and quality of vocal albums released this year and The Heart Wants is way up there with the best of them.

Jo's previous albums have been with small groups or, in the case of her last one, Weathering the Storm, as a duo with guitarist Jamie McCredie. The title track of that album is included here as a bonus track but, unlike the original, this time there is a 21-strong backing choir containing just about any singer of note who was in town (or online?) at the time.

The lyrics on all of the songs are meaningful and full of emotion, sentiments that are conveyed expressively whether it be an original by Jo or Duke's All Too Soon.

The musicians too are world class - so many that, rather than spending an hour typing out all of the names, I've took the easy way out and scanned the album booklet. I mean who wants to beaver away at a QWERTY keyboard when there is so much great music being sung and played?

Jo's smoky sound on the opening The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants along with some searing trumpet from Andy Davies creates the same empathy that Peggy Lee and Conte Candoli achieved on their legendary Black Coffee album - this is in that league.

I could write about this one forever - it's a milestone in jazz singing - but I just want to listen to it forever or at least until her next album - Lance

Jo Harrop - The Heart Wants will be released by Lateralize Records on Friday October 8 on limited edition heavyweight vinyl and CD.

Jo will also be performing songs from the album at Cadogan Hall on November 5.

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