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Bebop Spoken There

Brian Carrick: "I contacted Max Jones of Melody Maker and offered to be his correspondent in the States, but I should have done what Ken Colyer had done, get a job on a ship and then jump ship in the States. So I didn't make it [to New Orleans] till 1973." - (Just Jazz May 1999)


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 22, 2009

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Corner House

Peter Wright (tpt), Barry Soulsby (clt/alt/vcl), Laurence McBriarty (tmb), Brian Bennett (bjo/vcl), Brian Sibbald (bs), Fred Thompson (dms/vcl).
No 'special guests' tonight just the usual suspects doing their usual thing rather well. What you see is what you get with the Vieux Carré Jazzmen who, on Monday nights, turn a corner of Heaton into the New Orleans district of Storyville - musically speaking that is!
"I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" (there are some strange song titles!) got things moving with good solos all round.
Clarinetist Barry Soulsby's later feature on "Wildcat Blues" (in trio format with Les Deux Brian) also impressed.
Laurence dipped into his Kid Ory bag for "Savoy Blues" - and used his wide array of mutes effectively on other idiomatic favourites.
Peter Wright, solid and forceful throughout, gave a sensitive rendition of "Lily of the Valley".
As always with the VC there were songs from Fred - "Winin' Boy Blues" being but one. The drummer also duetted with Barry on, "I Get the Blues When it Rains" - a suggestion of Barbershop in the air on that one.
Brian B vocalised on "The Second Line" and the final "Goin' Home". There were other highlights but you've got the picture.
In the engine room, the rhythm section kept the props turning with their own brand of urbane, sophisticated, metronomic stimulation.
All in all it was a clunking good night.

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