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Bebop Spoken There

KT Reeder: "The idea of teaching somebody to improvise is just bloody ridiculous. In this country jazz has been appropriated by universities. They have jazz courses, and they churn out people who have a degree in jazz, which makes me feel very nauseous, the idea that you can be trained to do jazz." - (Giant Steps by David Burke)

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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".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Postage

13,248 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 667 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (May 16).

Coming soon ...



May 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (Indoors!)
May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club. 8:30pm start.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 21: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).
June 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).

Sunday, April 07, 2013

GIJF Day 1: Zara McFarlane. April 5 Hall 2

Vocalist Zara McFarlane emerged from the Tomorrow’s Warriors’ hot house of the same generation as headliner Soweto Kinch. Her profile continues to rise and this Gateshead International Jazz Festival appearance will do her no harm whatsoever. Vocal improvisers are ten a penny - picking the best is a different matter and the Sage got it right on this occasion. The diminutive McFarlane, backed by a tight quartet - piano, bass and drums with a late-change saxophonist - sang with style. Commentary on contemporary matters of the day infused her lyrics (a Billie Holiday for the 21st Century) - Woman in the Olive Groves one such highlight, Blossom Tree another. McFarlane headlining on Tyneside will surely happen in the not to distant future.     
Russell.
(Editor's note. A couple of years back Zara had a very fine début album reviewed within these pages - Lance.)

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