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Bebop Spoken There

Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 2022)

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!"


14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Jazz re:freshed Weekly Returns After A Three Year Hiatus

(Press release)

Jazz re:freshed Weekly, the acclaimed live series which shines a light on emerging talent from the UK jazz scene, will make a much-anticipated return this autumn after a three-year hiatus with a new residency at 91 Living Room in Brick Lane. Running every Thursday from 9pm, the series will kick off on 1st September with a performance from DoomCannon, the project fronted by London pianist, composer and producer Dominic Canning, with additional shows in September from a host of up-and-coming acts including Parisian bassist and singer Amy Gadiaga, Hackney-born pianist and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year winner Deschanel Gordon, and blending African, Latin and jazz stylings, the all-female group Colectiva.

Jazz re:freshed Weekly was launched in 2003 and quickly went on to become widely regarded as one of the most vibrant and dynamic events on the scene; a key space to discover the UK’s most exciting new jazz talent as well as an opportunity to catch shows from more established artists who have developed through the Jazz re:freshed movement including the likes of Nubya Garcia, Ezra Collective, Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd and Ashley Henry.


Adam Moses, Jazz re:freshed Co-Founder, Event Curator & Label Director:


“The Jazz re:freshed team is excited to bring the weekly back into the real world and at a new East London home.  We’re all about supporting the cultivation of young, female  and culturally diverse talent, giving artists the opportunity to play in front of an audience who is respectful and appreciative of the music.  It’s just as important to us to ensure diversity of audiences as well as musicians and we have a commitment to continuing this work.”


PPL, the UK’s music licensing company for more than 130,000 performers and recording rights holders, is supporting Jazz re:freshed Weekly. PPL Chief Executive Officer Peter Leathem said:


“In recent years we have seen a revival in UK jazz as a new generation of talented artists and musicians have developed the genre and created critically acclaimed music in the process. Jazz re:freshed played a valuable role in supporting this up-and-coming talent and the return of Jazz re:freshed Weekly will provide yet more artists with the opportunity to establish and grow their careers. PPL is proud to offer its backing to Jazz re:freshed Weekly and to support this important, exciting space for new music.”



Jazz re:freshed Weekly September/October 2022 line up:


1st September                    DoomCannon

8th September                    Amy Gadiaga

15th September                 Insxght

22nd September                 Deschanel Gordon

29 September                    Colectiva

6th October                         DC Trio

13th October                       Alex Cosmo Blake

27th October                       R D E Trio (Eddie Nache)


Tickets will be available via Dice.FM


More information about Jazz re:freshed:


Jazz re:freshed is a non-profit organisation which aims to amplify and promote the voice of UK jazz that’s accessible for all. Winner of Label of the Year Award in the 2020 AIM Awards, their dedicated label focuses on recognising up and coming talent which has included rising stars such as Ashley Henry, Richard Spaven and Nubya Garcia. In the same year, Jazz re:freshed received the Jazz FM Innovation Award.  2019 saw Jazz re:freshed receive an H100 services to music award and a Mercury Prize nomination for Album of the Year 2019 for Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED ensemble debut release, Driftglass. The movement began back in 2003 spearheaded by Justin McKenzie & Adam Moses and joined by Yvette Griffith in 2013.  Starting as a platform to challenge elitism and prejudice within the jazz community that had side lined cultural diversity in the music for far too long, Jazz re:freshed has since affected seismic change to the cultural diversity of UK jazz. Through the development of Jazz re:freshed, with the help of funding from both Arts Council England and PRS Foundation as a Talent Development Partner, this not for profit organisation has now expanded by forming its own record label, annual festival, film club, club nights, band development programmes, paradigm changing international showcasing initiative JAZZ RE:FRESHED OUTERNATIONAL and much more.

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