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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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Noel Dennis Quintet @ The Bridge.

Noel Dennis (tpt); Graeme Wilson (ten/sop); Paul Edis (pno); Andy Champion (bs); Adrian Tilbrook (dms); Zoe Gilby (vcl).
Noel's farewell to Tyneside gig paid tribute to Miles in the form of a cross-section of his work ranging from the Birth of the Cool (Boplicity) to Bitches Brew and beyond.
The front-line perfectly captured the mood of Miles and Noel paid tribute to The Prince of Darkness without in anyway attempting to imitate. Noel's too much his own man. Likewise Graeme filled the Shorter/Coltrane role without loss of identity. Zoe sang My Ship with a nod towards Gil Evans and a superb Nothing Like You.
Paul, Andy and Adrian were right on the money throughout with Adrian having fun on, I think, You and I. Seven Steps to Heaven is a great tune and the band did it justice.
So a fitting farewell to Noel - our loss, Glasgow's gain - although no doubt he will return from time to time wearing a Tam O' Shanter and playing cool bagpipes.

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