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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.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Night With Sinatra - Matthew Ford w. Northern Sinfonia conducted by John Wilson @ The Sage

Northern Sinfonia augmented by: Matt Skelton (dms), Colin Oxley (gtr), Jeremy Brown (bs), Howard McGill, Mark Crooks, Luke Annesley, Ollie Wilby, Jay Craig, (reeds), Matthew Regan (pno/celeste).
As someone who thinks Frank Sinatra was 'The Voice' of my lifetime it is difficult to be objective about tonight's performance which played to a rafters packed Sage Hall One.
Matthew Ford, to my delight, didn't try to be yet another Sinatra clone but sung the tried and tested classics in a manner just far enough removed from the original to avoid comparison.
Most of the material was from 'The Capital Years' with the luscious Nelson Riddle arrangements serving as the cushion for an evening of sheer delight.
In truth, the jazz content was non-existant but it didn't matter - it wasn't a jazz audience - these were people who loved Sinatra, and quality popular music. Add the Northern Sinfonia, conductor John Wilson riding high on his Proms popularity, a fine singer and the greatest songs ever written - if this combination had failed then music as we know it would truly have died!
I'm not going to list the wonderful moments instead I'll refer you to the program posted earlier this week. However, London By Night - the Robert Farnon arrangement - really made me want to be strolling through 'Circus and Square' with someone special whilst I've Got You Under My Skin added to that feeling.
One minor quibble - John Wilson, who conducted magnificently and shared spoken intros with Matthew Ford made one tiny faux pas.
He introduced the Jimmy McHugh song Where Are You? and placed the emphasis on 'Are' rather than 'Where'!
Nitpicking I know but this was such a perfect night I wanted everything to be right - and it was 99.999%
For an encore the, I suppose, inevitable, New York, New York.
Start spreading the news...


Russell said...

Hi Lance

A top line up of jazz players with the Northern Sinfonia. I was at the Brdige Hotel at the time. What's the solution to not being able to be in two places at the same time?


Liz said...

Well Russell the solution is simple, get the Webmaster to write a cracking review of the one you couldn't make!!

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