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Bebop Spoken There

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, September 23, 2010

Champion day at Rosie Malone's

Ray Harley (tpt), Herbie Hudson (tmb/hca/vcl), Jim McBriarty (clt/sop), Steve Whitfield (keys), Tom Darbyshire (bs), Mike Humble (dms).
First the bad news - Olive is away buried deep in the Cotswolds. Husband Alan is with her and Malcolm Armstrong too is on the AWOL list.
However, Ray Harley and Herbie are back blowing with the Joie d'vivre we expect of them and Steve Whitfield is on a keyboard that sometimes sounds like a piano whilst Tom Darbyshire (or is it Derbyshire?) lays down some good stuff in the basement.
It was a great session - guy in the seat next to me thought that Darktown Strutters Ball was the best number the band had played - ever! Maybe he wasn't far wrong. Midnight Choo-Choo, before leaving for Alabam, ran it pretty close posing the question as to why there are so many great train songs - I guess it is the rhythm - you know - That clickety clack echoing back etc...
Ray and Jim produced some impromptu train noises to help the locomotive on its way.
The boozers too were in their element with Champion Ale - 5.1% - on offer at £2 a pint!
A splendid afternoon - hic!
Bebop Spoken Here's ace cartoonist - Bill Shaw (seen here with myself) - recalled his days in Art College with today's bassist Tom D who began his career back then playing on a tea chest bass.
Thanks to Charlie Craggs for the photo left.

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