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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).


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.

Monday, July 22, 2019

RIP Arno Marsh (1928 - 2019)

Most big band fans remember Woody Herman's tenor players such as Flip Phillips, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Herbie Steward and, in later years, Sal Nistico. A less familiar name is Arno Marsh who was a stellar member of the Third Herd alongside Bill Perkins and Dick Hafer. This was one of the lesser known herds but could still swing as hard any of them.
They recorded several sides on the Mars label which were issued in the UK on Decca's subsidiary London label with the tenor solos shared between Perkins and Marsh. Marsh, who passed away on July 12, had the beefier sound without losing any of the then current cool ideas. I well remember the excitement I felt when I first heard the Third Herd's versions of Perdido, Moten Stomp (a reworking of Moten Swing) Stomping at the Savoy and Men From Mars which I now have on Verve vinyl. Arno solos on all of them and the band loses nothing by comparision with its predecessors or its successors.

To learn more about this great, unsung hero, visit JazzWax which includes an interview as well as several tracks featuring Arno Marsh.

Arno Marsh was 91 - sadly missed.

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