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Bebop Spoken There

Ethan Iverson: "I asked Bertha [Hope] if she ever used the word "contrafact" to describe the process of writing new tunes over old changes, and she replied, "Of course not. The only people who used that word went to a university to learn about jazz."" - (Jazz Times March 2020).


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".


In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.


As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Déjà Vu

Among the photos and memorabilia from Ian Forbes were some press cuttings from the 1960s. In one of them, Mighty Joe Young begs the question as to why the audiences who attend the City Hall jazz concerts are rarely seen at local club sessions.
Jump to 2009, substitute Sage for City Hall and the same question can be posed.
Another example; the Highfield Hotel, East Rainton. Admitedly an out of the way venue yet free gigs featuring Tony Kofi and Julian Siegel filled the room so it wasn't too far out of the way. Inbetween Julian and Tony, local bands failed to draw a fraction of the support and the venue folded.
I imagine similar situations exist throughout the land - sad really.

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