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Bebop Spoken There

Jeremy Pelt: "I'm so much into melodies and into sound, and the presence of sound, that I don't necessarily want to try to play in between the cracks of a note." - (DownBeat November 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".

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11,993 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1133 of them this year alone and, so far, 80 this month (Oct. 24).

Coming soon ...

IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON.

OCTOBER

SATURDAY 24

CANCELLED!

Air4ce - Platform 1, East Bedlington Community Centre, Station Road, Bedlington NE22 7JN. Tel: 01670 628808. 7:45pm (7:00pm doors). Tom Atkinson’s Air4ce celebrating the life & music of Ginger Baker. Email for ticket info: air4ce2020@gmail.com. CANCELLED!

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Paper Moon Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Featuring Jude Murphy. Word out is that guitar legend John Wilson is making a rare appearance - Wow!

SUNDAY 25

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

David Gray Flextet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Tickets: £7.50. (limited capacity) SOLD OUT! Register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. Five-piece band playing straight-ahead, hard bop & beyond!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sarah Vaughan on Sunday Night at the London Palladium

Back in the day, the highlight of  Sunday night viewing was Sunday Night at the London Palladium. A variety show, it ran for many years and even today there is a version hosted by Bradley Walsh.

Watching the earlier editions it is amazing just how abysmal they now seem. Compere Tommy Trinder was even less funny then than today's crop of comedians are now which is saying something!


However, every so often there was a gem and, in 1958, courtesy of the Talking Pictures TV channel, one of those memorable nights was resurrected with four wonderful songs by Sarah Vaughan.

After, with no disrespect to the Cherokee nation, the worst singer I have ever heard - Marvin Rainwater - we had an American "comedian" called Dick Shawn, puppets Pinky and Perky and a stupid game show ... I opened another can.

Then, suddenly, it all happened! 

Enter the Divine Miss Sarah Vaughan ...

Sassy looked great and sounded terrific. No vocal excesses, just pure jazz inflected renditions of four songs. If This Isn't Love; Poor Beautiful; They All Laughed and I'll Never Smile Again - all complete with verse.

Magic! I don't know who's on next week but, even it's Ella, they are on a hiding to nothing!*
Lance

*I may eat my words! Next week it's Bobby Darin and ex Goodman/Harry James singer Art Lund!

1 comment :

Russell said...

Much of television was terrible way back when, little has changed! The one exception, no make that two exceptions, on this dismal variety show were the Divine Sarah making her British television debut and the Teletubbies of their time, Pinky and Perky!

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