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

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.


13,218 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 637 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 11).

Coming soon ...

May 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen at The Holystone (Indoors!)
May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club. 8:30pm start.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 21: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).
June 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club. (Revised date).

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Félix Lemerle Quartet live streaming from Small's, NYC - Feb. 10

Félix Lemerle (guitar); Nicole Glover (tenor sax); Ben Meigners (double bass); Mark Johnson (drums)

It appears to be the case that donors - institutions, organisations and individuals - are keeping Small's going. This evening's concert, sponsored by the FACE Foundation and Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presented NYC based French guitarist Félix Lemerle's debut performance at the Greenwich Village venue. 

It was to be a performance without commentary from Lemerle, not one word spoken during the hour long set. This was a shame as it would have been nice to hear something from the man. However, what we did hear was some great jazz. Nicole Glover from Portland, Oregon, blew an authoratitive tenor sax solo, there would be more. Small's less than perfect audio stream didn't do Lemerle any favours whether soloing or in rhythmic support. 

Bass and drums covered all bases; Ben Meigners with a penchant for an arco bass solo, Mark Johnson making his presence felt. The one instantly  recognisable number of the set - 'Round Midnight - illustrated Lemerle's admirable qualities of sensitivity and restraint. The quartet went out on a Caribbean-Latin vibe.     


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