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Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019)..

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!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 30: John Pope Quintet + Late Girl + Shapeshifters @ Bobik's, Jesmond, Newcastle.
Sat 30: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Preview: Hexham Jazz Festival (Saturday 14, day 2/3)

The second day of this year's Hexham Jazz Festival features established names performing in Hexham Abbey and a double bill of Tyne Valley musicians in the Sele (the adjacent park) on Beaumont Street. Jo Harrop is undoubtedly in the upper echelons of British jazz singers and her appearance in Hexham is a real coup for festival organisers. Jo, originally from Chester le Street, arrives from London with an ace band in tow. Following Ms Harrop's concert, Saturday evening will conclude with a solo piano set by Dean Stockdale.

The Heart Wants is Jo Harrop's latest album and, like Weathering the Storm, her duo recording with Jamie McCredie, it has garnered nothing but critical acclaim. A recent sold out appearance at Ronnie Scott's set up Harrop for a nationwide tour, of which this Hexham concert is one of many dates on the itinerary. Pianist Paul Edis, Jo's musical director, will be working alongside guitarist James Kitchman, bassist Jihad Darwish and drummer Steve Hanley. What's more, for this festival appearance, Jo and her quartet will be joined by the strings of Quartet Northumbria. It's a 7:30pm start, admission £15.00, it has all the makings of a memorable occasion. At ten o'clock Dean Stockdale will sit at Hexham Abbey's Yamaha Grand to entertain festival goers 'til late. A perfect end to what is sure to be a marvellous day of jazz. 

And 'a day of jazz' it will be with the addition of the Tyne Valley Big Band, whose base is right here in town, little more than two minutes' walk from Hexham Abbey. Dave Hignett's outfit is the pride of of Northumberland, four o'clock start. And, for good measure, at three o'clock Joe Steels, guitar, and bassist Pau Susans will be playing some music in the company of rising star trumpeter Ferg Kilsby. These performances are free, donations appreciated. So, a fine day in prospect. Russell      

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