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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.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Wynton Marsalis: the making of a jazzman

Today's edition of the BBC World Service's Outlook programme was devoted to arguably the world's most famous jazz musician - Wynton Marsalis. In conversation with presenter Emily Webb*, Wynton spoke about his childhood years (years during which the young Wynton didn't care too much for jazz), his siblings including brother Branford, forming a funk band at thirteen, later winning a place at Julliard.

Wynton with Blakey (heard briefly with the Jazz Messengers in concert in Japan, 1982), Wynton going his own way (his tenure with Blakey was remarkably short), Wynton with father Ellis, Wynton in New York at the time of Ellis' death. A virtual funeral parade, Wynton continuing to perform lockdown sessions from home. It had been a fast-paced introduction to a great trumpet player and life-long advocate of the music. 

Introducing the programme presenter Webb urged the programme's non-jazz fan listener not to be deterred, not to switch off. Closing the programme Webb said: I hope we've converted you and thanks for listening. How annoying! If the subject had been a classical, folk or pop musician would a similar plea have been made to the non-classical, non-folk or non-pop music listener? Answer, emphatically: No!    

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