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Bebop Spoken There

Adam O'Farrill: "Right now in my life, I don't see music as the be-all and end-all." - (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".

Postage

12,176 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1315 of them this year alone and, so far, 18 this month (Dec. 5).

Remembering ...

Roland Kirk died on Dec. 5, 1977.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Is the Beeb feeling alright?

This weekend BBC 4 does jazz proud. Friday night (Nov 13) is devoted to Ella Fitzgerald. At nine o'clock director Leslie Woodhead's 2019 documentary film Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things takes an affectionate look at Ella's life and career. Ella Fitzgerald Sings follows at 10:30. In a performance from 1965 Ella is seen and heard in concert with the Johnny Spence Orchestra. And at 11:10 Ella is in action once more in Jazz Divas Gold. This time Ella shares the billing with a who's who of female jazz singers including Diahann Carroll, Betty Carter, Cleo Laine, Marion Montgomery and Annie Ross

There's more...on Sunday evening (Nov 15) Ronnie Scott's takes centre stage. Once again on BBC 4, the action gets under way at 9:00pm. Ronnie's: Ronnie Scott and His World-Famous Jazz club is director Oliver Murray's 2020 film about the Soho, London jazz club (which has played host to just about every big name you can think of, tune in to find out which ones Ronnie's didn't manage to get) and its proprietor - musician, wit and raconteur, Mr Ronnie Scott. At 10:45 Ella Fitzgerald at Ronnie Scott's is a repeat of Alan Yentob's film of Ella's 1974 Frith Street performance. And to close a weekend feast of jazz, Jazz Horns Gold (11:25) is a welcome repeat of archive performances by the likes of Stan GetzColeman Hawkins and Roland Kirk.
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