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Bebop Spoken There

Walter Trout: "I don't know why John Mayall put up with me for so long. But I've been sober for 32 years now, not a beer nor a joint," - (Blues Matters! Aug/Sep 2020)

Teddy Wilson: "Mildred Bailey was a much better singer than Billie [Holiday]." - (DownBeat August, 2020)


The Things They Say!

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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".


11,740 (and counting) posts since we started blogging just over 12 years ago. 880 of them this year alone and, so far, 17 this month (August 4).

Coming soon ...


Thursday 6: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free. OUTDOOR gig.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

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".*

Still, once I got settled, I took a mouthful of this fine ale and and perused the July issue of DownBeat.

As ever, it was full of poignant comments and observations - too many for our Bebop Spoken There archive.

Jay Sweet (on  grants): "They each receive between $300 and $1000. It's like passing out Band-Aids on the battlefield."

... Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn - married banjo players ... (Lance: imagine living next door!).

Lisa Mezzacappa: "What venues will be able to afford to have live music after this? ... Who will be threatened with homelessness and hunger? - and how will we help them?"

Dezron Douglas: "Twelve hundred dollars - that might be someone's mortgage payment in Topeka, Kansas or Cheyenne, Wyoming, or maybe Richmond, Virginia, but that's a third of someone's mortgage in New York City."

There's a whole lot more ... now, let me see, who's streaming tonight?
PS: Had a haircut (Number one all over!)

* Sunderland's one-way system is renowned for its ability to get drivers from A to B via X,Y and Z!

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