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Kenny Garrett: "I think about the past and the elders and connecting everything together, and it being as a whole, or as one." - (DownBeat, December 2021)

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! --

Postage

14743 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1362 of them this year alone and, so far, 78 this month (Nov. 24).

From This Moment On ...

November

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 26: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.CANCELLED!

Sat 27: East Coast Swing Band @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Sat 27: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. 'Swing Jazz Guitar'.
Sat 27: Heimatdamisch Bavarian Oompah Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 28 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 28: Alex Ord & Jude Murphy @ St Edmund's Church, Sedgefield. 3:00pm. Ord (piano), Murphy (bass).
Sun 28: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 29: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

December

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. Doors: 6:30pm. 1st night.
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00-9:30pm. In the bar.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Tom Ollendorff @ Café Cathedral, Owengate, Durham. 8:00pm. £5.00. A Durham Jazz Soc. event.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Thu 02: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. Doors: 6:30pm. 2nd night.
Thu 02: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Billingham Catholic Club. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for SVP. Tickets: £5.00. from 07757 062798.
Thu 02: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club, Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 03: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Saltburn Community Theatre. 7:30pm.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Kurt Elling reunites with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for Apparition Bridge

(© Derek Clark Photography)
(Press release)

Concerts in Edinburgh, Perth, Glasgow and Aberdeen

One of the world’s leading jazz singers, Kurt Elling joins internationally acclaimed saxophonist Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) for a four-date tour of Scotland from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 November.

Chicago-born Elling, who has won two Grammy awards and been nominated a further fifteen times, has been described by the New York Times as “the stand-out male singer of our time.” He has also topped the prestigious Downbeat magazine critics and readers polls for fourteen consecutive years.


Tommy Smith, the SNJO’s founder and artistic director, says, “Few singers in the world bring to bear the unique combination of artistic depth, intellectual breadth and soulful delivery that our friend Kurt Elling does.”

(© Cory Dewald)
Over four previous tours and appearances together at London Jazz Festival and leading the European festival, Jazz sous les Pommiers, in France, Elling and the SNJO have developed a strong partnership that has brought audiences to their feet with a repertoire ranging from swinging Frank Sinatra classics to interpretations of more contemporary material and items from the praise song canon.   

For this all-new concert series -- exclusive to Scotland -- the team will perform freshly-conceived arrangements and recently composed lyrics to the works of Europe's most exciting contemporary composers; including Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, Danish bassist Anne Mette Iversen, France-based Ivorian drummer Anna Pacéo, and the late Swedish pianist and leader of the popular, trailblazing EST group, Esbjörn Svennson.

“This project promises to reconnect us all through music as we span the ethereal chasms between the ancient and the future, between sorrow and joy, and between time and timelessness,” says Elling. “The combination of talents at work, including the searching eloquence of saxophone master Tommy Smith and the superb SNJO provides the makings of a powerful and unique musical regrouping.”

The tour opens at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday November 18th and continues at Perth Concert Hall (Friday 19th), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Saturday 20th) and Aberdeen Music Hall (Sunday 21st).

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