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Bebop Spoken There

Maurice J. Summerfield: "Over dinner one night Barney [Kessel] told me about his seminar The Effective Guitarist, and in 1972 my company presented the first of twelve annual UK seminars in Newcastle upon Tyne." - (Just Jazz Guitar, September 1997)

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!"


15080 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 99 of them this year alone and, so far, 99 this month (Jan. 30).

From This Moment On ...


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. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

CD review of 2022 and more…

A personal review of my own images used for CD artwork in recent years.

If I’d put ‘My’ CD Review in the title then this may have been closer to the truth about what I’m about to cover, but that would look too self-congratulating. However, it turns out that over the last 3 years I’ve contributed to the artwork of several CDs in one way or another, and (to me) these are significant personal highlights. So I thought I’d share these – it’s not a tiny list nor is it a massive list, but covers both local and international musicians with whom I’ve worked with and/or helped in some way.


Prior to the lockdowns I’d provided photo-artwork for The Mark Williams Trio (Last Bus to Bensham - 2017) and the last Jazz North East concert for 2019 at the Bridge Hotel included Magpie, and a few months after that, they were collecting photos from their tour, for which I provided the back image of the CD cover.  Then in February 2020 I did a photo-shoot under the Tyne Bridge with Zoe Gilby for her Aurora CD. It’s not hard to imagine how cold that day was, 6 weeks into the new year, but we got results. Three weeks after that the pandemic was becoming the topic of the day, as did lockdown and its knock-on effects.


But, despite lockdown and its initial reduction of music performances, live music has been re-established, and the list has grown.


Last Bus to Bensham – Mark Williams Trio – Promo & CD photos.

Magpie Trio Live  Dec 2019 at Bridge Hotel, Newcastle  CD photo.


Several photos were used by New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings  (NEWJAiM) - the label managed and curated by Wesley Stephenson.

VIA - Paul Taylor photo ~ NEWJAiM 2   

Andy Champion photo  - Shoes for Losers  (with Graeme Wilson)  ~ NEWJAiM 4

Télémaque  - Kings Hall Concert  Joe McPhee photo   ~ NEWJAiM 5

Shiver   Andy Champion & Chris Sharkey photos    ~ NEWJAiM 8 

Spinningwork - Tom Ward / Cath Roberts / Olie Brice / Johnny Hunter

Pat Thomas  Photos  ~ NEWJAiM 13  


Abbie Finn Trio   Photoshoot >> promo photos + CD photos 


For Gunter Baby Sommer & Raymond Macdonald’s Sounds, Songs & other Noises, I was delighted to have been asked to provide some photos of each of these highly regarded musicians, and honoured to have two photos chosen to represent them for the CD.


So, despite the initial slow-down of music performance and photographic opportunities, the last 3 years have been increasingly productive in supporting the CD and related promotional images used by a wide variety of performers. Live music is alive and kicking again! Roll on 2023! Ken Drew


Abbie said...

We love your photos ken, they're fab!! Happy new Year!

Ken Drew said...

Thanks Abbie ! I must say it's great to work with peeps who are naturally comfortable in front of the camera's beady eye :) When shooting photos & videos I'm glad to be behind the camera ! Happy New Year to you and the Band.

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