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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: “Those kids [US students] wouldn't know music if it came up and bit 'em on the ass.” – (DownBeat October 3, 1969).


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".

Today Tuesday February 18



Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.


Acoustic Infusion w Ray Dales - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00.

Abbie Finn Trio - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations). Hexham Jazz Club.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.


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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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