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Steve Fishwick: “I can’t get behind the attitude that new is always somehow better than old”. (Jazz Journal, April 15, 2019).

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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...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Jools Holland, Marcus Miller and Norma Winstone Amongst Stars To Be Honoured At Jazz FM Awards 2022 with PPL and PRS for Music

(Press release)

A show featuring highlights from the ceremony will go out on Jazz FM at 10pm on Thursday October 20th 2022

The Jazz FM Awards have announced that Jools Holland, Marcus Miller and Norma Winstone are the recipients of this year’s special awards, presented annually to three musicians who have made contributions of exceptional significance to their art. The awards will be presented in-person on the evening of Thursday October 20th at the ceremony at Shoreditch Town Hall, which will be hosted by US actor and star of The Wire and Treme Clarke Peters.

This year’s Impact Award will be presented to pianist and broadcaster Jools Holland OBE DL who over the course of an illustrious 50-year career has become a doyen of the international music scene. Alongside presenting his “Later with...” TV show for 30 years, which has helped launch the careers of countless jazz artists, Holland has toured his rhythm and blues orchestra around the globe, sold millions of albums and was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry.


Jools Holland OBE:

I’m honoured to be receiving Jazz FM’s Impact Award. Their radio station and my “Later with...” TV show have been aligned for 30 years; spreading the word about jazz, blues and improvised music, breaking new artists and bringing them to a wider audience. As well as being a regular listener to the station I’ve also been an occasional presenter for them over the years, so I’m delighted to be a part of their awards show alongside some truly incredible talent.”


The recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award is the eminent UK vocalist Norma Winstone MBE. Throughout a remarkable career, the 81-year-old east-London-born singer has influenced and inspired generations and is now widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of European jazz. “There is no jazz singer in the country to touch her” The Times.


Norma Winstone MBE:

"I was thrilled a few years ago when I received the “Vocalist Of The Year” at the Jazz FM Awards in 2017 and now to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award for doing what I love, is humbling.  Looking forward to the ceremony and singing a little something for you all!"


Receiving the Gold Award is one of the most distinctive artists of the modern era - bassist, producer, composer and bandleader Marcus Miller. A key figure in the late career of Miles Davis, Miller has released a string of acclaimed albums under his own name and his instantly recognisable bass playing has graced a vast catalogue of musical hits from Bill Wither’s “Just The Two Of Us” and Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much”, to songs by the likes of Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, George Benson and Elton John to name a few.

Marcus Miller:
I am delighted to accept the Jazz FM Gold Award. Jazz is a vital artform that continues to bring communities and cultures together, feeding souls and bringing joy to so many of us. Thank you Jazz FM for your continued support of what I do and recognising the hard work of so many musicians through these awards along with providing such an invaluable platform to so many artists at all stages of their careers.”


Jools Holland, Norma Winstone and Marcus Miller join a long list of esteemed musicians to have received a Jazz FM Special Award including the likes of Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Dame Cleo Laine, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Georgie Fame and Ahmad Jamal.


JAZZ FM AWARDS 2022 with PPL and PRS for Music



Marcus Miller


Jools Holland


Norma Winstone




Chelsea Carmichael

Jasmin Myra

Mica Millar

Lady Blackbird 

Theo Croker 

Trombone Shorty 

SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR sponsored by Boisdale

Alex Isley 

Cleo Sol 

Mica Millar 

BLUES ACT OF THE YEAR sponsored by Imagine Cruising

Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram 

Joanne Taylor Shaw

Mavis Staples and Levon Helm 

VOCALIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Hampstead Jazz Club and Lateralize Records

Brigitte Beraha 

Georgia Cecile 



Emma Rawicz 

Fergus McCreadie 

Mark Kavuma 

THE DIGITAL AWARD sponsored by Rathbones


Summer of Soul 

We Out Here 

INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Mishcon de Reya

Blue Lab Beats 

Café OTO 

Jazz Is Dead 


Blue Lab Beats 


Georgia Cecile 


Cleo Sol – Mother

Blue Lab Beats – Motherland Journey

Emma-Jean Thackray – Yellow 

Fergus McCreadie – Forest Floor 

Kurt Elling – SuperBlue 

Robert Glasper – Black Radio III 


The Jazz FM Awards 2022 is made possible with the support of its sponsors PPL and PRS for Music, Mishcon De Reya, Imagine Cruising, Boisdale, Hampstead Jazz Club, Lateralize, Rathbones and Yamaha, plus additional partners including Denbies, Lotus, Mama Shelter, Savile Row Gin and Shoreditch Town Hall.

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