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Bebop Spoken There

Billy Boy Arnold: “As long as you don't think old you're good.” - DownBeat, December, 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!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...


16051 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1058 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 11: Interim Final Recitals @ Newcastle University. Details TBC.

Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Wed 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 13: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 13: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 13: Bold Big Band @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Hot Fingers @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 14: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. . Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 14: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Mo Scott ‘Little Mo’s Festive Appearance’ @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland, Josh Bentham, Garry Hadfield, Adrian Beadnell @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 15: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: Paul Skerritt @ Black Horse Inn, Crook. From 7:00pm.
Fri 15: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ St Cuhtbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm. £15.00. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Fri 15: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £12.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 15: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. First night of two. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £10.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: Baghdaddies @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £14.00.; £10.00.

Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 2:00pm. A Jazzy Christmas + Jambone.
Sat 16: Porritt & Barrett & Friends Xmas Special @ Cullercoats Watch House. 7:00pm. £4.00.
Sat 16: Milne-Glendinning Band @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 16: Red Kites Jazz Band @ The Staithes Café, Gateshead. 7:00pm--9:00pm.
Sat 16: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Ellingham Village Hall, Chathill. 7:30pm. £12.00., £8.00.
Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 16: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Second night of two.

Sun 17: Red Kites Jazz Band @ Gibside Chapel, nr. Rowlands Gill. 1:00-2:30pm.
Sun 17: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 17: Revolutionaires @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Rock ‘n’ roll excellence!
Sun 17: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Alehouse, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 17: The Globe Xmas Party @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Multi-bill inc. David Gray’s Flextet + jam session.
Sun 17: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £17.00., £15.00.
Sun 17: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Amble Parish Hall. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sun 17: Snake Davis Trio @ St John’s Hall, Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. from 07766 037893.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Fantracks Acquires Jazzed To Accelerate Growth Of Fanmersive Live-Streaming Platform

(Press release)

FanTracks Digital LLC, the live streaming and fan engagement platform, has acquired jazzed (ETA Productions Ltd), the world’s first cross-media app for jazz, soul and blues. 

FanTracks launched in 2020 with the vision to create a unique fanmersive experience with live streaming at its core. FanTracks has built an engaged community through live streaming rock shows and its exclusive catalogue of video-on-demand concerts featuring A-list artists. jazzed has built a strong user base in its launch territories of UK and Germany based on a deep-dive curated catalogue of jazz, soul and blues and its unique Listen, Watch, Read user experience. 


With the acquisition, FanTracks will leverage and enhance the jazzed proprietary technology platform to deliver a deeper app-based experience for selected communities, starting with rock and jazz and scaling to additional genre verticles. The app will offer music fans a cross- media deep dive with live streaming (PPV) at its core. jazzed will launch globally with the enhanced platform in Q4 2022 followed by rock in Q1 2023. 


The European based jazzed management and curation team led by co-founders Jonathan Arendt (CEO), Frank Taubert (CTO) and Marcel Engh (CMO) will join FanTracks’ US operation to jointly implement their innovative content strategy and connected venue approach , starting with leading jazz clubs around the world, with state-of-the-art remote production technology. 


Ty Roberts, FanTracks CEO, outlines “With the acquisition of jazzed we will accelerate our vision to build the most innovative fan engagement platform anchored around immersive live streaming. The jazzed platform will now sit at the heart of FanTracks vision to scale across other music genres and add Web 3 product features such as NFTs and metaverse experiences. I am delighted to welcome the talented jazzed team to the FanTracks family.” 


Jonathan Arendt, jazzed CEO, says “FanTracks is the perfect home for our outstanding cross- media technology. We look forward to supercharging the platform and user experience with their expertise and are excited to now be able to fully realise our vision and take jazzed global.” 


About FanTracks 

FanTracks is a live streaming and fan engagement platform. The company (FanTracks Digital LLC) was founded by Barry Summers and Ty Roberts in May 2020 in response to the pandemic to allow consumers to continue enjoying the live music experience and gain access to their favourite artists in a personal and safe way. FanTracks is a departure from services that digitally mimic traditional ticketing approaches. The platform offers music lovers access to high-quality, carefully curated, and professionally produced live shows. Its proprietary technology creates a new world of virtual music and fan experiences, from a range of group chat modes to hosted hang-out spaces and parties, to interactive features that bring musicians and music lovers together. 


FanTracks' President Barry Summers is an award-winning producer. In the 90s, he worked with Dick Clark as Executive Producer of many successful live shows and has produced award-winning concert films/live TV Specials and numerous Billboard #1 chart-topping DVDs, CDs, and vinyls featuring some of the world's biggest artists. Ty Roberts, FanTracks' CEO, is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Roberts co-founded Gracenote and served as Chief Strategy Officer for nearly 18 years. As a visionary technologist, he developed technologies and data that power products including iTunes, Comcast Xfinity and Ford Sync that are used by hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide. He holds dozens of patents for his inventions and has created multiple technical standards across the industry. 


About jazzed 

jazzed is a multi-tier jazz, soul and blues streaming subscription service which has been developed by UK based ETA Productions Ltd, a specialist in creating new digital media platforms for entertainment markets. The App was launched in February 2020, offering a highly curated music, video and editorial (Listen, Watch, Read) experience for the jazz fan. ETA Productions Ltd was co-founded by Jonathan Arendt, former CEO of Jazz FM, the world’s largest English language jazz radio station; Frank Taubert, former founder and CEO of the pioneering digital music service 24/7 Entertainment and Marcel Engh, former Bertelsmann and Sony Music executive. 


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