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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.

Monday, March 23, 2020

RIP Mike Longo (1939 - 2020)

To the best of my knowledge, Covid-19 has claimed its first jazz victim. Pianist/composer/arranger/educator/author Mike Longo  died two days after his 81st birthday on March 21, Cause of death was given as complications arising from the virus.

Longo had an illustrious career, apart from leading his own trio, he also played with Red Allen at the Metropole in NYC where he was first heard by Dizzy Gillespie, played with Roy Eldridge at Embers West from whence he joined Dizzy's quintet, and later his Reunion Band.

His association with Dizzy lasted for the trumpet player's lifetime and he read a eulogy at his funeral.

Regretably, although I saw Dizzy many times I never heard him when Mike Longo was with him.

Sadly missed.
Lance

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