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Bebop Spoken There

John Pizzarelli: "There were three shows I saw at the Brendan Byrne Arena that had a huge impact on my storytelling. They were Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. I loved the way that they had something to say about the songs they were singing, so I began to develop stories for my act." - (Hot House Jazz Guide February 2021)

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".

Wednesday January 27

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYRIAKI PANTELIDOU & RAY CARLESS

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12,399 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 118 of them this year alone and, so far, 118 this month (Jan. 25).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Take It To The Bridge

It has to be said that there is never a dull moment in the upper room of the Chilli on a Wednesday night when Take It To The Bridge give their weekly recital. Whether it be the inter-round summaries between band members as they discuss the finer points of an arrangement, or the JATP type blast by the jammers on good old good ones such as "The Preacher" it is always interesting. In the latter category, Daniel Johnson was once again heard to advantage with some well constructed solos spurred on by either Ian Forbes who, incidentally raved over a version in seven by the Don Ellis Orchestra, or Eric Stutt on drums. Tenor players John Rowland and Darren Grainger also had gutsy solos with John being particularly impressive on Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays". I don't think the composer turned in his grave although he may have thought about it.
Three trumpet players this week; Dave, blowing and scatting in equal proportions, Mike Lamb and a guy whose name I didn't catch although I can safely say it wasn't "Shorty". He scored on "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
Barry Ashcroft, piano, and Jim Crinson, bass, completed the lineup. Jim, like Eric, also plays with popular function band Budvivar as does vocalist Debra Milne who was on hand to give us her version of "Fever". Nice one Debra.
Next week is, I think, an Alan Glen Trio week.

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