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Jennifer Wharton: "People forget that the trombone is so glorious. It can be like going to church, or getting ready for battle. It can be a lot of things....For a longtime I was the only female trombonist in New York," - (DownBeat May 2021)

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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".

'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.
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).

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Kiyoshi Kitagawa Trio live streaming from Small's, NYC - Feb. 13

Immanuel Wilkins (alto sax); Kiyoshi Kitagawa (double bass); Jimmy Macbride (drums) 

A free-ish intro to Night and Day opened this evening's Small's live stream-with-a-difference. The difference? An audience! Granted, a small audience, but hey, call it progress! A second number, the title eluding your reviewer, heard alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins stating the theme before stepping off stage, donning a mask as he did so, leaving the floor to trio leader Kiyoshi Kitagawa to play an extended bass solo. At the tune's end...applause. Weird! 
Candlit tables, table service, a front row artist quietly sketching the scene before him, boss man Kitagawa walking his sidemen through Brubeck's In Your Own Sweet Way, Wilkins taking it out somewhat further than Paul Desmond's original conception! Time for a couple more: Kitagawa in command, Wilkins offering Ornette-ish contributions, drummer Jimmy Macbride unobtrusive yet propulsive. Applause, the hour up, Kitagawa's bass intro set up a final number from the Thelonious Monk Songbook. Was it Ask Me Now? Time for another beer...

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