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Bebop Spoken There

John Pizzarelli: "There were three shows I saw at the Brendan Byrne Arena that had a huge impact on my storytelling. They were Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. I loved the way that they had something to say about the songs they were singing, so I began to develop stories for my act." - (Hot House Jazz Guide February 2021)

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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".

Wednesday January 27

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYRIAKI PANTELIDOU & RAY CARLESS

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12,399 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 118 of them this year alone and, so far, 118 this month (Jan. 25).

Monday, April 08, 2013

GIJF Day 3: Afternoon Jazz

(Review by Russell)
The concourse at the Sage Gateshead boasts picturesque views of the Tyne, its bridges and the city of Newcastle over on the north bank. The platform offered free events throughout the weekend spanning the one hundred years’ history of the music celebrated at the 2013 Gateshead International Jazz Festival. 

The concert hall performers competed for the attention of the jazz audience but some of the free to all performances were a ‘must hear’. One such was the set by James Birkett and Bradley Johnston. Two guitarists, a generation apart, as one as exponents of the finest in jazz guitar. Johnston, the student player, took the lead on one tune after another. A half hour set flew by - Wave, Chicken a la Swing, Farmer’s Trust, Nuages, Spain - with the younger man on top form as soloist and rhythm maker. Dr Birkett clearly enjoyed working with Johnston and there was, perhaps, justifiable pride in hearing his protégé perform with distinction.         
Russell. 

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