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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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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).

Thursday, February 18, 2021

KSTV: Playback session - The Jo Jones Trio. Feb. 18

Jason Brown (drums); Deschanel Gordon (piano); Will Sach (bass).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew).

Permutations of trios at Smitty's come and go but tonight was tops in that every one seemed to have lifted his game that one notch higher. I'm not going to name my Man of the Match as everyone who watched it will have their own choice. Music is a shared thing, or at least it should be - it was tonight. 

So, let's do away with the A was better than B but not as good as C scenario and agree that they each hit the jackpot and that Papa Jo Jones would have been proud of them.

Papa Jo? Yes, this was a playback session based on a 1959 (was there ever a bad record made that year?) album by the former Basie drummer, Jo Jones.

Jason kicked things off with an extended brush intro to Sweet Georgia Brown. The Globetrotters would have had their work cut out at this tempo!

Ray Bryant, the pianist on the original album wrote Philadelphia Bound and our guys arrived in Philly right alongside him. Desch segued into Splanky and Will, who must have stayed for a sleepover after last night, impressed. There was more to come from Mr Bassman.

A comfortable Close Your Eyes was followed by Jive at Five which was taken far too fast for comfort although it did allow Gordon to play some stride.

All was forgiven after one of the nicest versions of Embraceable You that I've heard in recent years. When Your Lover Has Gone wasn't far behind it either.

I Got Rhythm enabled Jason to prove that he most certainly has got rhythm with a solo that had the emojis working overtime in the comments column. Sticks or brushes, he's your man.

The stream ended, virtually, across the sea in Ireland, with The Bebop Irishman albeit not before Will Sach had bowed Greensleeves so beautifully that had he done it during the reign of Henry VIII, who may or may not have composed the tune, he'd have become a court favourite. Who knows? he may even have lost his head over Anne Boleyn - she certainly did!

Tonight's history lesson was more recent and all three students graduated with honours.


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