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Bebop Spoken There

Lew Shaw (Syncopated Times' columnist): "My interest [at 95] is in classic jazz. The numbers aren't what they were 40 years ago, but I'm encouraged by the number of young musicians playing that style and the young audiences they attract." - (The Syncopated Times January 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".

Postage

12,365 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 84 of them this year alone and, so far, 84 this month (Jan. 17).

Monday January 18

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSAN TOBOCMAN & ANDY PANAYI.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Another Harley hits town - this time it's Ray with the Maine Street Jazzmen at Rosie Malone's

Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Jim McBriarty (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Tommy Graham (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl).
Good belting Dixieland and ne'er a reindeer or a sleigh bell in sight. With the addition of Ray Harley on trumpet the Maine Streeters went for the jugular. This is how older style jazz should sound. A driving rhythm section and a front-line who kick.
Honestly, my feet never stopped tapping as Ray led them to the promised land.
Reminiscent of say Yank Lawson or Billy Butterfield, Harley swung through "Tin Roof Blues", "Jazz Me Blues", Royal Garden Blues" and other standards. Must be the name - Ray Harley, Harley Johnson, Harley Davidson, Harley Street all quality acts.
Herbie, Jim, Malcolm, Alan and Tommy were obviously inspired by the trumpet player as they all blew out of their respective skulls. Once again Malcolm's two-fisted approach filled out the sound as well as delivering some strong punchy solos.
Olive too was 'on song' - "I double dare you" to say otherwise!
The place was crowded, the place was jumping, the place was full of dames dancing, Lords a Leaping - it was Xmas - it was a fun afternoon. Only thing missing was the applecake.
They do it all over again on New Years Eve.
Lance.

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