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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).

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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".

COFID- 19

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.

Today

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.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year Folks

As 2011 draws to a close I ponder as to whether a year has ever passed so quickly?! Seems like only yesterday we were bemoaning the loss of gigs because of the weather. Today we seem to be losing them because of a "cold spell" in Arts Council funding. As a non-political person it ill-becomes me to comment except it must be bad when Vasilis Xenopoulos has to go to Greece for a gig! - or maybe it was a working holiday.
So, although I sympathise with those organisations who have had funding withdrawn, let us not forget those entrepreneurs who present our music with little or no help from the state.
I refer to men like Keith Crombie at the Jazz Café, Warren Thomson at Hoochie Coochie, Peter Wardle at the Cherry Tree, Roly Veitch at Blaydon, John Taylor at Ashington Jazz Club, Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party, Ron and Joyce Pollard at Gateshead, Dave Weisser's Take it to the Bridge and the various pubs and clubs who give our local bands a platform to perform.
Now, more than ever, it is the time to support your local jazz venue so why not make it your New Year's Resolution to frequent a place near you. You may even enjoy it!
Happy New Year everyone.
Lance.

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