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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.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bird Lives @ Rosie's

Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Jim McBriarty (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (dms), Tommy Graham (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl). + Mike Bird (clt).
There are few better sounds in the whole of jazz than the out chorus to South Rampart Street Parade. You may sneer and wonder if a confessed modernist like myself has gone salt peanuts but no I just love that grand finale of the old Bob Crosby Band.
I'm pleased to say the 3 man frontline of the Maine Street Jazzmen managed to re-create that sound admirably - nice one.
There were of course other delights in the form of Mike Bird from Wakefield sitting in on clarinet for a few numbers.
China Boy, I'm Confessin', Royal Garden Blues and a skiffly type thing that escapes my memory.
He's a good player. In his solo on Olive's vocal on I Double Dare You he executed a patterned phrase that came off really well.
Not that Mike was the only clarinet player on a roll. Jim McBriarty too blew some good stuff as did Herbie on his various instruments and Ray Harley on his various trumpets. At one stage Malcolm Armstrong slipped into an almost Bach-like solo before reverting to his trademark barrelhouse mode.
Tommy and Alan as ever...
An enjoyable afternoon's entertainment.

1 comment :

Lance said...

Hi Lance
A quick thank you for yet another generous review! A great pleasure to play with such a friendly and accomplished set of musicians. Hope to see you all soon


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