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Lakecia Benjamin: "From my early days with Clark Terry, he told me 'they see you before they hear you'... I'm just not from that school of thought where I'm gonna wear my jeans and T-shirt on stage and that's going to be respectable." - (Jazzwise, February 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!"


15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event. SOLD OUT!

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???


Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

APPJAG Awards 2022 @ The Pizza Express, Holborn - July 5

(Tony Kofi)
The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group's annual awards were once again presented at the Pizza Express in Holborn, London. The basement venue on High Holborn welcomed many familiar faces (including Jo Harrop, Nikki Iles, Tony Kofi and Nigel Price) and the less familiar, all partaking of the hospitality - beer, wine and, of course, pizza! 

At an event such as this, schmoozing or 'networking' is upper most in the thoughts of many. For some, meeting up with jazz world friends for the first time in three years proved to be an emotional occasion with hugs and handshakes all round. The parliamentarians took to their reserved front row tables, the rest sat wherever there was a vacant seat. John Spellar MP opened proceedings, welcoming one and all, the awards would follow in quick succession. 

Few in the room would be without their favourites, BSH was rooting for those with north east (of England) connections. The first award - Jazz Vocalist of the Year - went to Claire Martin. Ms. Martin wasn't in the house and her absence would set a trend of several award winners being elsewhere (presumably out gigging, a sure sign of a return to 'normality'). 

(Emma Rawicz)
The wonderful Jo Harrop missed out in two categories (Best Vocalist and Best Album), Tony Kofi (pictured) took home a Best Instrumentalist gong (actually a certificate) and two veterans of the scene were recognised for their lifetime commitment to the music, namely Barbara Thompson and Mike Westbrook.

Newcomer of the Year...Emma Rawicz. If you were running a book (betting parlance), Rawicz (pictured) was 'nailed on', a 'dead cert'. And the good news is, the up-and-coming Rawicz is to appear at this year's Newcastle Jazz Festival!

(Debra Milne)
And then there was Venue of the Year. Fine words were uttered by Chi Onwurah MP and when the Newcastle upon Tyne political representative uttered the words: And the winner is...The Globe, Newcastle, you couldn't hear a pin drop! Cheered to the rafters, Newcastle Jazz Co-op's Debra Milne accepted the award on behalf of all involved with the Tyneside co-operative. Debra spoke about the ambition, the dream of opening a community-owned music venue and the hard work of many who helped make those dreams a reality. Resuming her seat, Debra wondered if she did alright up there in the spotlight. BSH assured her she did more than alright!

Earlier, the 'house band' for the evening played a fine set of half an hour or so. Veteran Henry Lowther (trumpet) and Tori Freestone (tenor sax) enjoyed themselves, as did the top flight piano, bass and drums team led by pianist Andrea Vicari. The occasion - a catch-up, get together - meant few in the audience were listening attentively to the A-listers on stage. One assumes the musicians were guaranteed MU rates. And good for them! 
Henry Lowther (tenor sax); Tori Freestone (tenor sax); Andrea Vicari (piano); Gary Crosby (double bass); Paul Clarvis (drums)

APPJAG 2023? Here's hoping for yet more 'up north' success stories! Russell

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