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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...


16034 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1041 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov. 27).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 04: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ People’s Kitchen, Bath Lane, Newcastle. From 5:30pm. On-street gig supporting the work of the People’s Kitchen charity. Wrap up warm! Donate!
Mon 04: Michael Young Trio w Lindsay Hannon @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm. Free.
Mon 04: James Birkett Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 04: Durham University Jazz Orchestra + Durham University Big Band @ Durham Castle DH1 3RW. 8:30pm. £6.00.; £5.00. concs; £4.00. DSM. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Tue 05: Customs House Big Band @ All Saints Church, Cleadon. 7:00pm. Concert in the church hall. BYOB.
Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Michael Young, Paul Grainger, Sid White. The best free show in town!

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 8:00pm. Free. Note later start time, concert performance (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free CANCELLED!
Thu 07: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay, Newcastle. 12 noon - 4:00pm. £26.00 (inc 3-course meal in in St Mary's Lighthouse Suite). SOLD OUT!
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.Donations. Feat. Mark Sanders. CANCELLED!
Thu 07: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Downstairs.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Woodland Village Hall, Bishop Auckland. 7:00pm. £12.00.
Fri 08: Sleep Suppressor + Redwell @ Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. adv); £5.00. student.
Fri 08: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth, Co. Durham.
Fri 08: Têtes de Pois + Nauta @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £12.00., £8.00.

Sat 09: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Sat 09: Abbie Finn Trio @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 09: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Middleton & Todridge Village Hall, Morpeth. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sat 09: Paul Skerritt @ Slaley Hall, Hexham NE47 0BX. 7:30pm. From £42.00.

Sun 10: Musicians Unlimited’s Xmas Party with Zoe Gilby Quartet @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. MU 1:00-3:00pm; Zoë Gilby Quartet 4:00-6:00pm. Tickets: £7.50.
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Funk Soul Sista @ Stack, Seaburn. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Beth Clarke @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 10: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Whittingham Memorial Institute, Alnwick. 7:30pm. £12.00., £10.00.
Sun 10: Tele-Port @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Line-up inc. Zhenya Strigalev.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Hexham Jazz Festival: Jo Harrop + Freddie Benedict @ Hexham Abbey - May 13

The second day of this year's Hexham Jazz Festival and the sun shone. Hallelujah! Hexham Abbey, the principal venue, once again drew a large crowd, no real surprise given that top of the bill was none other than Jo Harrop. What's more, Jo shared this evening's double bill with the up-and-coming vocalist Freddie Benedict. Festival MC Nigel Williams read out the parish notices, not forgetting to plug his own late night jazz DJ set in the Great Hall. 

Jo Harrop (vocals); Emma Rawicz (tenor sax, soprano sax); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass); Steve Hanley (drums) + Freddie Benedict (vocals)

Jo Harrop is riding the crest of a wave; a non-stop gig schedule, invaluable media coverage, important career visits to Los Angeles and New York, and now, a welcome return to this weekend's Hexham Jazz Festival. Here in Hexham Abbey Jo was in the company of friends on and off stage. A programme incorporating standards (Henry Mancini's Charade arr. P. Edis, Cole Porter's Just One of Those Things) and original compositions, many of them from last year's superb Jo Harrop-Paul Edis album When Winter Turns to Spring, our Chester-le-Street to London superstar knew she was singing for an on-side crowd. 

Jo's band, what a band! MD Paul Edis at the grand piano, the award-winning Emma Rawicz (coming soon to Sage Gateshead) playing both tenor sax and soprano sax, and the unbeatable bass and drums pairing of Andy Champion and Steve Hanley. A voice to die for, intimate, late night material reaching out to the far corners of the ancient, imposing building here on Beaumont Street. Jo Harrop and band couldn't have wished for a better reception, chalk it up as another successful gig!             
Earlier, the first of two concerts introduced Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduate and ex-NYJO singer Freddie Benedict. 

Freddie Benedict (vocals, flugelhorn); Emma Rawicz (tenor sax, soprano sax); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass); Steve Hanley (drums)

Young, dapper (see those shoes!), charming, confident, there is little doubt that our vocalist won himself an abbey-full of new fans. Taking a loan of Jo Harrop's amazing band, Benedict let the audience know he appreciated working with them, some he'd known for a while, Steve Hanley, up from Leeds, he'd known 'for a few minutes'! 

Opening with No More Blues sung in Portuguese, Benedict's tenor voice hit home, a baritone is in his vocal armoury, as is an upper register delivery - most impressive. One or two standards, including One Note Samba, were interspersed with a range of original compositions including Star-Crossed Lovers, not to be confused with Billy Strayhorn's composition. As if vocal talent weren't enough, Benedict plays more than half decent flugelhorn. Some guys have all the talent! Messrs Edis, Champion and Hanley, and Ms Rawicz, proved to be the ideal musicians for Benedict's 'up north' debut. There's no doubt about it, we'll be hearing more of Mr Freddie Benedict. Russell    

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