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Jeff Coffin: "I'm trying to find a creative way of being creative." - (DownBeat June 2021)

Archive quotes.

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".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Postage

13,348 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 766 of them this year alone and, so far, 40 this month (June 11).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Fri 11: Faye Aspinall @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Solo, ‘postmodern jazz singer’.

Sat 12: Tribute to Gerry Hughes (Tees Hot Club) @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 12 noon (jazz 2:00-3:30pm). £5.00. Outdoor event. Details from 01642 823813.

Sun 13: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 13: Sunday Jazz @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick (2:00pm).

Sun 13: Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. (8:00pm). £10:00. Advance booking essential at: www.jazz.coop.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Artie Shaw Centennial Approaches

The Artie Shaw centennial (May 23) is here and the tributes are coming in fast and furious. Justifiably so. Arguably the finest jazz clarinet of his generation, and certainly mine, Artie was also such an enigmatic person that even without the music he would have made his mark.
The Trouble With Cinderella is one of the classic autobiography's - not least because Artie wrote it without a co-writer and, despite being married to several Screen Goddesses, didn't 'dish the dirt like the rest of those broads' did.
Musically, did any big band have a more evocative theme than Nightmare? Did the road ever become better illustrated musically than on Traffic Jam? Was their ever a better and more original band within a band than the Gramercy Five?
On a personal level, I can still recall the thrill I got x years ago when I stumbled across What Is This Thing Called Love on a '78' in a junk shop.
On one 10" piece of shellac I discovered Artie Shaw, Mel Tormé, the Meltones - I think I paid a tanner (six old pence).
Sale of the century!

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