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Bebop Spoken There

Brian Carrick: "I contacted Max Jones of Melody Maker and offered to be his correspondent in the States, but I should have done what Ken Colyer had done, get a job on a ship and then jump ship in the States. So I didn't make it [to New Orleans] till 1973." - (Just Jazz May 1999)


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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival - July 13

Atila: King for a Day. 
Atila (vocals); Colin Oxley (guitar); Gabriel Latchin (keys); Tom Farmer (double bass/vocals/MD); Steve Brown( drums).
(Reviews by Sheila).

This set was an hour and a half of superb singing and playing in tribute to Nat King Cole celebrating the centenary year of his birth. (1919-1965). 

Not a pastiche, but a warm and suave delivery of Nat King Cole's well-known, romantic ballads and an interesting insight into the career and development of this well-loved singer. 

Atila sang with obvious enjoyment, his beautiful phrasing and care towards these classic songs was much appreciated by an audience who knew the originals by heart. Always a difficult situation requiring the vocalist to own the material and interpret it afresh, in this set, he did it successfully. 

The inclusion of brief recordings of Nat himself and some of the orchestrations of his Capitol Records' releases were, l thought, less successful in the story-telling. 

The instrumentalists on stage were a joy to hear, the solos were excellent as were the arrangements. 
Mo Pleasure Band. 
Mo Pleasure (bass guitar); Jamie Michael Harris, (sax/ewi - electronic wind instrument); Mike Brown (guitar); Luke 'The Duke' Smith (keys); Ivy Chanel (vocals); Josh MckNasty (drums) + Cheri Maree (vocals).

I am sorry to say that heavy rain started to pour down as they came on stage at 9:00pm and, along with other less equipped members of the audience, l headed for the beer tent where the sound was rather poor and my attention to their music was less than l would have wished or intended. 

Mo Pleasure has had a very impressive career to date and he and his current band were playing a free, funky style of soul/blues/jazz. Playing bass guitar, Mo led the band from the front, the solos were impressive, sax, keys and drums especially were audible through the weather conditions.  Those hardy souls who stood stage front assured me that the set was lively and a sunshine antidote to the rain. Maybe check any tour dates to hear them again this year. 
Sheila H

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