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Abbie Finn: "Even though there's a lot of great work being done to promote women in jazz, I still come up against some attitudes! I pulled up at a recording session with my drums in the car and the studio owner said, 'I'm sorry, this space is reserved for the drummer!'" - (Jazzwise April 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!"


15229 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 248 of them this year alone and, so far, 61 this month (March 20).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00-6:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcasatle. From 6:30pm 'til late. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Thu 23: Kerrin Tatman + John Garner & John Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Sunna Gunnlaugs & Julia Hülsmann @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm. A two-piano gig. A Sage Gateshead-JNE promotion.
Thu 23: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano.
Thu 23: Sleep Suppressor @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00., £8.00. adv. Upstairs.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Mo' Better Blues @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.
Fri 24: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Scarth Hall, Staindrop, Co. Durham. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 24: Archipelago + Bulbils @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Vermont Big Band @ Walker Community Centre, Walker, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for Benfield Juniours Football Club. Hot food available, BYOB.
Sat 25: John Logan & Friends @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Rat Pack, Motown etc. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Outlines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 28: Sanaz Lavasani Trio @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv).

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Preview: The GNBBJF is coming to Chester-le-Street (March 3 - 5)

The Great North Big Band Jazz Festival is coming to Chester-le-Street! From its beginnings in Sunderland, supported by the University of Sunderland and other local organisations, in recent years the GNBBJF relocated to Chester-le-Street. This weekend's event, its 20th anniversary year, at Park View Community Centre runs from Friday evening (March 3) through to early Sunday evening (March 5). If you like big band jazz the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival is the one event you cannot afford to miss!

Friday evening presents a double bill of big band jazz. Mick Donnelly's Musicians Unlimited will be supported by a hand picked Festival Band. The action gets under way at eight o'clock, admission on the door is a mere fiver and the bar will be open!

Saturday and Sunday are the event's competition days. First up on Saturday, its the senior bands featuring community ensembles (including the ever-popular Tyne Valley Big Band) and a plethora of terrific student outfits (including Durham University Big Band and Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra). Not that the local bands will have it all their own way, far from it. Coach loads of top class bands from all points will be descending on Chester-le-Street determined to take home some silverware. The Managers Big Band will be defending a long winning streak. If there's a band good enough to dethrone the band from Bolton it's going to be some band!!! Saturday begins bright and early at 11:00am. Hot food and a bar will be available and it's £10.00. admission. A great day is in prospect.

Sunday dawns early, it's another 11:00am start! And what a day lies ahead. Schools and youth big bands will be sharing centre stage. Bands based in the region will have their supporters rooting for them, as will young musicians who have travelled a distance. They come from all over, some setting off at the crack of dawn to make it to Chester-le-Street on time. This is the day to support the stars of tomorrow, a tenner at the door. 

During the weekend the Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Foundation will once again set out its stall at Park View Community Centre, do say 'hello' to Amanda and friends. And it's more than likely the Musicians Union will be in attendance once more. Park View Community Centre is located just off Front Street in Chester-le-Street, buses galore (inc. the X21 and 21 run to and from Newcastle, Durham and Bishop Auckland). You like big band jazz? See you at this weekend's Great North Big Band Jazz Festival! Russell         

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