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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.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Paul Booth in Lockdown

Paul Booth (tenor sax/piano/soprano sax/etc.)

As I heard the strains of Bye Bye Blackbird It felt like I was walking across the Williamsburg Bridge in New York listening to Sonny Rollins way back when. Come to think about it, I doubt if there are many people walking across the bridge these days!

It was, of course, Paul Booth blowing unaccompanied tenor in another solitary session. He wasn't unaccompanied long, due to the magic of technology he was able to provide piano backing for most of the numbers that followed.

The theme he chose was birds so we had The Beatles' Blackbird; When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbing Along (for his dad's birthday); Skylark; Bob Marley's Three Little Birds (with a reggae riff from melodica, bari sax and tin whistle); A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and Loro which is a parrot. For this last tune we had our man playing soprano backed by himself playing alto, tenor and baritone.

Surprisingly, there were no yardbirds in the musical aviary

There were a few technical hitches throughout but Paul assures us they will be sorted out for next time which will be...?

PS: Ironically, there was a map of the world on the wall behind him!

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