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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.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Preview - Alexander Stewart @ The Hideaway, Streatham.

Although the prime aim of Bebop Spoken Here is to focus on Jazz in the North East we do, nevertheless have a number of followers in other parts of the country - London in particular - and some of our bands do play gigs down there. AVC (see posting below) and Keith Stephen's Hot Club Trio being the most recent. So, when our 'Friends in the South' tell me about a gig, especially if it is a one I can relate to, then I try to mention it. whilst, at the same time pointing out that the LondonJazz blog is the definitive source for jazz in the capital. I first heard Alexander Stewart at the Spice of Life last year and I was absolutely knocked out by his singing. Alexander recently appeared at Ronnie's and you can check that gig out below. Also details of a forthcoming gig at a new venue in Streatham for those of you who are down that way.

Alexander Stewart - his debut at an exciting new jazz haunt south of the river, The Hideaway. Once again we are featuring saxophone star Nathaniel Facey with the group. Sunday 12 September, 9pm at Hideaway: 2 Empire Mews Stanthorpe Road Streatham London SW16 2ED, just behind Streatham High Road and only 1 minute from Streatham main line station. More information and directions here: Did you miss Alexander at Ronnie Scott's? Have a look at some clips from that fantastic show below.

Waste of a Love Affair. Me and My Crazy Ideas. Just In Time.

At Hideaway, Stewart will perform with his pianist and musical director Alex Webb, acclaimed bassist Gary Crosby - recently made an OBE for services to jazz in the UK, Andy Chapman on drums and special guest Nathaniel Facey on alto sax.

Sounds good.


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