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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.

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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, March 02, 2019

CD Review: Kansas Smitty's House Band - Broadway 2018

Pete Horsfall (cornet); Giacomo Smith (alto sax); Alec Harper (tenor sax); Dave Archer (guitar); Joe Webb (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Will Cleasby (drums) + (on track 4)  Adrian Cox (clarinet); Pedro Segundo (drums).
(Review by Lance).

My favourite British band from the 1940s was the Harry Hayes Sextet. They epitomised jazz/swing/pre-bop music in the immediate post-war years and were probably as close to small group Ellingtonia as any other outfit within these isles.

Imagine if they had emerged 70 years later - my guess is that they would have sounded very much like Kansas Smitty's Houseband which is a tribute to both bands. The Smithsonian's of 63-65 Broadway Market, E8 4PH have truly managed to create a link between the past, the present and (we hope) the future.

Broadway 2018, released in December last year, is a compilation of, in their opinion, the best of the numbers featured on EP and live performance over the past 12 months. I won't argue with the choice and nor would I disagree if the selection had been totally different. Anyone who heard the band at Sage Gateshead last year will, I'm sure, rubber stamp my approval.

I've got the feeling that on my next trip to London I may be bypassing W1 for E8!
Lance.
See also details of their latest EP due out this month.
PS: Adrian Cox is at Darlington this lunchtime (March 2 - see above listings for details).

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