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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Puddy: "Eventually we paid our entrance money [to Eel Pie Island] and fought our way to one of the many bars where we could buy our Newcastle Brown and retire to the back of the heaving dancefloor. There must have been lights somewhere, but my memory remains of being in some dark cavernous wonderland." - (Just Jazz July 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".


11,618 (and counting) posts since we started blogging just over 12 years ago. 753 of them this year alone and, so far, 17 this month (July 5).


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, July 05, 2020

Billie Bounces at 11:00am today!

(Press release)

I'm premiering a new big band arrangement of Billie's Bounce on Facebook and YouTube at 11:00am. I've never done one of these premiere things before but I like the idea of us all watching it together, almost like a gig! 
Jonny Mansfield

Dom's Saturday Piano Truth - July 4

Dom Pipkin (piano/vocals)

This was "Super Saturday" or so they say. Well, for some of us, it's a super Saturday every week - especially around 9:00pm when Dom Pipkin takes us on a roller coaster piano ride of boogie, blues and barrel-house.

Nobody does it better - well nobody living that is!

New Orleans here we come with Fats Domino's One For the Highway; Yes Sir, That's My Baby; Summertime's Just a State of Mind (good choice); Summertime (bad choice); Let it Roll; Jelly Roll's The Perfect Rag; Sweet Lorraine; Moon River; My Street, Your Street (translation); Headin' South; Professor Longhair's She Walks Right in and Sleep. This latter number seemed a good idea after what had been a busy day at the office.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Rico, Luca and Humpty Dumpty celebrate Louis Armstrong's birthday - July 4

Enrico Tomasso (trumpet, vocals); Luca Filastro (piano)

What was that? I haven't a clue!  said Rico. As usual Rico Tomasso played something off the top of his head that was in the style of the great man. The 'great man' being Louis Armstrong, who's birthday it would have been today. Well not quite, but don't let the facts get in the way of a good story, a story that Armstrong himself happily perpetuated throughout his life. Body and Soul (Armstrong recorded it c.1930) with Luca's introduction got the celebration under way followed by a request for Keyhole Blues Yeah, what a tune! exclaimed Rico. 

Together Apart - A new work by Paul Edis to be premiered online.

(Press release)

On Thursday 9th July at 7:00pm, 7 of the UK’s leading musicians will be performing together LIVE online.

Put together by pianist and composer Paul EdisTogether Apart features Marie Schreer (violin), John Garner (violin), Matt Anderson (tenor sax), Knarika Karapetian (viola), Zoe Gilby (voice), Andy Champion (double bass).

There’ll be solo and duo performances from members within the ensemble before the world premiere of a new work composed for all 7 players and written specifically to be performed live and online. 

Duration of concert: approximately 1 hour. 

Latest and final stream from Dave Hignett and Friends - The Tyne Valley Big Band.

Super Saturday

So, here it is - Super Saturday - the pubs (well some of them) and the barbers (well some of them) are open so I headed down town for a long awaited beer.

A pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord found me sitting outside Jarrow's Albion Gin and Ale House on an unseasonably cold American Independence Day. A socially distanced drinker asked if he had to go inside to smoke whilst another, having been told he must go in by the front door as it was a one-way system said, "just like Sunderland".*

Album Review: Maceo Parker - Soul Food: Cooking with Maceo

I generally like to hear an album a minimum of twice before I review it, but tech issues - will I ever conquer streaming? - saw the days pass and, once played, I realised it was like an old pair of shoes; comfortable, and not just the songs I already knew.

Maceo was scheduled to headline the Malta Jazz Festival this year and, while I was sceptical how it would have gone, with this material I've no doubt it would have gone down a storm.

Maceo has been a giant of funk since its inception in James Brown's bands of the late sixties, the Godfather often hollering for his premier saxophonist to solo on studio cuts through to the mid-seventies, by which time he'd become a leading light - alongside Fred Wesley - in the JBs.

Friday, July 03, 2020

Kai's Friday Night Great American Songbook Show - July 3

Kai Hoffman (vocals); Roger Lewyn (piano).

In these world weary days, the good old GASbook never fails to provide a shoulder to weep on. Dennis Potter expressed that theme perfectly in his novel, and later televised masterpiece, Pennies From Heaven.

Potter was writing about America in the days of The Depression - the 1930s. Steinbeck was, perhaps, the finest to use those Dust Bowl days as his inspiration - after all, he was there but, although Potter wasn't he found the inspiration for his story in the songs his hero sold as a sheet music salesman selling to stores who didn't want sheet music.

Rico and Luca and Humpty Dumpty - July 3

Enrico Tomasso (trumpet/vocal); Luca Filastro (piano).

Nobody told Luca that tomorrow is "Dress up Saturday" or maybe Italians dress like that anyway. Maybe some do but few, if any, play piano like he does! Yes this was one of those marriages made in heaven - musically speaking - the pair of them gelled.

Four excellent numbers and a couple of bottles of Humpty Dumpty (Good Egg and Bad Egg) which Rico waxed lyrical over, worked more miracles than a spoonful of sugar ever did in helping the medicine go down!

Nick Gould and Friends: Livestream - July 3

Nick Gould (tenor sax); David Midas (guitar); Ray Leonard (bass guitar); Kevin Dorrian (drums).

A wee gem from Edinburgh with Nick Gould and his trusty henchmen blowing away the cobwebs* in the hallway of  Nick's pad. I'm not sure if this is classed as a JazzMain or a Nick Gould Quartet livestream. In the end, I opted for  ... and Friends.

Five tunes delivered on time. Misty not the dreamy ballad version but a jaunty shuffle - maybe a quickstep tempo - take your partners please.

Weardale jazz venue falls victim to Covid-19

Yesterday's Northern Echo reported the permanent closure of the Black Bull in Frosterley, Weardale. The north of England regional newspaper quotes a post on the pub's Facebook: Please be aware that this decision was not an easy one and not taken lightly

Paul Edis: Live stream #16 - July 3

Paul Edis (piano, vocals)

Lockdown Britain is a weird place where days merge into one another and weekdays feel like weekends. Ah, it's Friday! One o'clock, YouTube, meaning it's time for the sixteenth consecutive Friday of solo piano with occasional vocals for good measure by Paul Edis. 

Richard Rodgers figured large this week - Thou Swell and I Could Write a Book with lyrics by Lorenz Hart and You'll Never Walk Alone, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein III - as a composer of popular song for the stage. Connecticut YankeePal Joey and Carousel the vehicles, if Rodgers had a business head on him he no doubt laughed all the way to the bank!

Hexham Thursday Sessions #12 : Summertime

Thursday, July 02, 2020

A funny thing happened on the way to the men's room ...

BSH's County Durham correspondent Tony Eales filed the following tale which he assures me is true ... 

As a big band aficionado TE thinks nothing of hopping on a plane to travel halfway across the globe to hear some of the great big band outfits. A few short years ago on a trip to Los Angeles to attend a big band festival our man was in a hotel lobby minding his own business when he was approached by an elderly gentleman who asked directions to the men's room. Our globetrotting friend pointed this way and that, up a staircase, along a corridor. Our elderly gentleman expressed thanks and wandered off ...

A while later our big band aficionado's new-found friend returned. He hadn't been able to find the men's room. Ever eager to be of assistance TE offered to take his new-found friend to the men's room. Off they went ...

Album review: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Just Coolin'

Lee Morgan (trumpet); Hank Mobley (tenor sax); Bobby Timmons (piano); Jymie Merritt (bass); Art Blakey (drums).

Even 61 years on, The Jazz Messengers never fail to excite. These 6 tracks have lain in the Blue Note vaults since March 8, 1959. The reason for what some might consider a hanging offence is that Alfred Lion recorded the band live at Birdland a month later and, as these numbers were also duplicated on the live session, he opted to release the live recording (Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Meet You at the Jazz Corner of  The World vols 1 & 2) instead.

Album review: Jamess Copus - Dusk

James Copus (trumpet/flugel/voice); Tom Cawley (piano/synth); Conor Chaplin (bass); Jason Brown (drums).

Looking back through the archives of BSH I find that I first heard Copus in the NYJO trumpet section in 2012 at the Scarborough Jazz Festival. I must confess, no lasting impression was made back then. Well it was a vintage year for the band and just some of the stars to emerge were Louis Dowdeswell, Tom Dennis, Tom Green, Rob Luft and Conor Chaplin who is also on this album.

However, subsequent hearings since have left me in no doubt as to his capabilities. In one review I referred to him as a more exciting trumpet player than Miles. Strong words, I know, but I stand by them and listening to this latest recording only serves to reinforce my opinion.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Paul Booth Masterclass - Thursday July 9

(Press release)

90 minutes with Paul on improvisation and soloing - methods to use the harmony you're given to best effect, constructing melodic solos and playing across genres.
All levels welcome, any instrumentalist or vocalist can also take part.
Register to participate at
Organised by Strictly Smokin' in partnership with Jazz North EastJazz.Coop & Gosforth Civic Theatre

When will it all end?

Tony Dudley-Evans, on LondonJazz News, has posted at length on the future of live music. It isn't a rosy picture. We all know that many venues (and businesses) may never open again and it seems unlikely that government will have music in general, let alone jazz, among its top priorities.

However, Tony does make some valid and constructive observations including various subscription schemes employed elsewhere. Cooperative units such as Newcastle's Jazz Coop who are keeping the flag flying in the northeast with a series of livestreams is another option.

To read the complete article follow this link.

Album review: John Fedchock NY Sextet - Into the Shadows

John Fedchock (trombone); Scott Wendholt (trumpet/flugel); Walt Weiskopf (tenor sax); Allen Farnham (piano); David Finck (bass); Eric Halvorson (drums).

"Straight from the shoulder, unpretentious jazz" is how Jazz Journal described the Fedchock NY Sextet and I won't argue with that.  Nor will I disagree with the Boston Post Gazette's description as "A lineup of dazzling New York post-bop talent" for this is everything it says on the tin, maybe a bit more. 

Standards and originals arranged and composed by the trombonist/leader provide the setting for this, his tenth album.

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