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Branford Marsalis: "As ignorance often forces us to do, you make a generalisation about a musician based on one specific record or one moment in time." - (Jazzwise June 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

15516 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 536 of them this year alone and, so far, 25 this month (June 7).

From This Moment On ...

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 13: Infusion Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Tue 13: Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv.).

Wed 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 14: NUJO Final Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 6:30pm. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra's final jam session of the academic year. All welcome.
Wed 14: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 14: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
. Wed 14: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, November 08, 2021

Buxton International Festival Appoints Neil Hughes as New Jazz Director

(Press release)

Buxton International Festival (BIF) is delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Hughes as the Festival’s new Jazz Director. Neil joins the creative team for BIF 2022 (7-24 July) with immediate effect.

Commenting, Neil says: “I am delighted to bring my twenty years Jazz experience to Buxton. The talent we have booked for the festival highlights the strength in depth of UK artists. We will cover all genres from Basie to Bowie over seventeen wonderful concerts.” 

Michael Williams, Buxton’s CEO adds: “This is a really exciting development for BIF and Neil has pulled a mighty programme together for 2022 with some of jazz’s leading lights.  Developing the Festival’s jazz programme is an obvious step for BIF and we look forward to broadening our audience next summer.”

Highlights include:

Gwylim Simcock and Mike Walker will perform a special BIF programme with their award-winning band, The Impossible Gentlemen;

Ian Shaw and Guy Barker will launch a new project, City to City; 

·   BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM star, Clare Teal will appear in a brand-new show with her sextet; 

·  AMC Gospel Choir will perform with a full band plus six singers, all of whom have appeared with Hacienda Classical;   

·     BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018, Xhosa Cole.

FESTIVAL TIMELINE

Booking for the Jazz Weekend will open in December 2021. The full Festival programme and festival brochure will be issued in March, with Priority Booking from 1 March 2022 and Public Booking from 29 March 2022.

For further information visit: www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

3 comments :

Steve Andrews said...

Covering all genres from Basie to Bowie? Basie didn't make any records as a leader under his own name until 1936, so apparently we can't expect any Classic jazz, New Orleans jazz, early Swing, or indeed anything from the first 20 or so years of recorded jazz. And Bowie, though venerated as a pop star, as far as I know has as much to do with Jazz as Florence Nightingale. Sad and disappointing.

Lance said...

Steve, good to have your comments, as always. However, as regard the all genres from Basie to Bowie (I'll get to him shortly) it is fair comment. It's laying out the roadmap. Had there been a full stop after genres then it would put it into an entirely different context. As well you know there are also jazz festivals around who ignore the fact that there is life beyond Ma Rainey.

Bowie, of course, is another matter. Just about every jazz festival these days whether it be EFG, Cheltenham or Newport seems to think that by flashing the name of a rock/pop legend - dead or alive - it will increase the diversity of punters whilst, in the end, pleasing neither.

An alternative thought is that one faction may come to appreciate the other - maybe...

Gordon Solomon said...

Steve certainly has a valid point regarding the under representation of early jazz in this part of the country, the exception being Mike Durham's Classic Jazz event. As to David Bowie, while he wasn't a recognised jazz musician, he was certainly highly regarded by various members of the jazz fraternity. In fact he recorded in London during the late sixties with John McLaughlin no less. I remember John tweeted on Bowie's demise that he was a musical genius.
However, as far as jazz goes I suppose the jury's out.

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