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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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Vic Damone (1928-2018)

More sad news. This time its legendary crooner Vic Damone who passed away yesterday (February 11).
I recall his 1949 recording of Vagabond Shoes although I'm sure it was a year or two later when I actually heard it - probably Radio Luxembourg - I still remember it and, upon YouTubing it, I find I still like it!
He romanced Jane Powell in the MGM musical Rich, Young and Pretty. The couple sang How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning? accompanied by the Four Freshmen. Still a gas!
More films, Stateside hits, a few marriages, Vic Damone will surely be remembered alongside his contemporaries such as Sinatra, Bennett, Martino, Como, Greco and the other Italian/American crooners as a flawless interpreter of the GASbook. As I type, I'm listening to his 1960 album On the Swingin' Side and, with fine big band arrangements by Jack Marshall, it's just about as good as it gets.
Vic Damone was 89 when he left us.
May he Rest In Peace.
Lance.

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