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Noah Preminger: "The U.S.A - the greatest country in the world - didn't lift a finger to help their 3ooo-plus citizens in Morocco. We were abandoned by our own government." - (DownBeat June 2020).

Dave Rempis:Ten years from now, I can see musicians streaming concerts in real time and charging a minimal amount for people to watch.” - (DownBeat September 2013)


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.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Haruka Kikuchi and Z2 Live in their Front Yard - May 3

Haruka Kikuchi (trombone); Yoshitaka "Z2" Tsuji (keys).

Two Japanese musicians live in their garden, or yard as they call them over in New Orleans. One of them, a young mum whose idol is Kid Ory, the other a pianist whose idol is Oscar Peterson. Together, they played some very listenable jazz.

Haruka impressed everyone a couple of years back when she appeared with the Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band at the Durham Brass Festival as well as at other gigs in the region. Kay Collin heard the band in Edinburgh and Russell dug them at last year's Bix Festival over in Wisconsin.

That a woman can multi-task was proved (as if proof were needed!) by seeing Haruka blowing trombone, manipulating a plunger mute and giving baby Shouta some toys without missing a beat. I wonder if Shouta will become a trombone player? Daddy Z2 says the name sounds like showtime so the signs are promising!

Despite their different musical leanings "He likes bebop, I like New Orleans" said Haruka in an interview that can be read here, the pair gel well together and it was a delight to hear them in what looked to be a lovely area of the Big Easy. Z2 may have been bop orientated, and it showed in some of his solos but, when it came to backing his wife it was pure New Orleans - Japan was a long way away.

They kicked off with a few moon tunes: How High the Moon (Haruka's idol may be Kid Ory but she finished off the tune with a flattened fifth - the "Kid" would be turning in his grave!); It's Only a Paper Moon; Moonglow; Get Out and Get Under the Moon and Moon River

These were followed by It Don't Mean a Thing; Struttin' With Some Barbecue; What a Wonderful World; Fly Me To the Moon and a number that hadn't a title but seemed to typify New Orleans today. 

A very pleasant afternoon down in Louisiana.

Catch up here.

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