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Clare Teal: "If you're brought up in a working-class family, you haven't got money for records so everything you get hold of, you treasure, learn to love, and I loved those Ella tapes." - (Radio Times 23-29 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".

Wednesday January 27

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYRIAKI PANTELIDOU & RAY CARLESS

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12,399 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 118 of them this year alone and, so far, 118 this month (Jan. 25).

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

MO SCOTT GIG TAKE 2 – A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Well, Lindsay told us at the Sage jazz-singing class to listen to as many other singers as possible, so I took myself off to the Maggie Bank on Sunday for a lesson from Mo, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, with drinks thrown in for good measure.
I loved Mo’s heartfelt version of God Bless the Child and her exciting Fever. Mo’s blues singing is superb as well, and I liked what she did with Hound Dog, much more interesting than the mundane Elvis version. Not quite sure I agree with Lance about Mo being a bit of a rock chick. She’s more interesting than that, but I know what he’s getting at. (Doesn’t pay to disagree with the blogmaster!)
I was advised to watch how she moved. New Jazz singers have been accused of fussy nervous movements onstage. Mo moves a lot but looks really cool whilst doing so. She constantly takes the mike from the stand and moves the stand around between songs. She uses wonderfully expressive hand movements to illustrate the lyrics, and reacts skilfully to the instrumental bits. She also introduces songs briefly with a minimum of fuss. Perhaps in 10 years time I’ll also look something like this on stage, perhaps...
During the break I asked Mo how she got started with her singing. She said simply ‘You sing the music that you love’. No-one could have expressed it better.
Ann ALex.

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