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Bebop Spoken There

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)

Archive quotes.

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. 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).

Monday, February 15, 2021

Lockdown Sessions: Emma Smith - A Swinging Love Story. Live stream from Ronnie Scott's Feb. 14

Emma Smith (vocals); Jamie Safir (piano); Adam King (bass); Luke Tomlinson (drums).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

Sometimes it seems as though St Valentine's Day is bigger than Christmas Day which isn't a bad thing as although you may not get as many presents you do get better songs! At least we did during Emma Smith's Feb. 14 live stream from Ronnie's.

It all kicked off quite amazingly! Emma somehow managing to intertwine lines from about half-dozen different standards before going into L.O.V.E. that then morphed into More and back again - are you still with me?

All clever stuff!

Bernstein's I'm Lucky to be me; Moody's Mood For Love and My Heart Belongs to Daddy kept things moving along until a change of pace was called for.

And how!

There's No Business Like Show Business was taken at an almost funereal tempo drawing attention to the financial plight of performers in all branches of the arts.

Back in the groove with The Frim Fram Sauce; The Gershwins' Slap That Bass (last heard sung by Fred Astaire in the film Shall We Dance?); The obligatory My Funny Valentine done rather differently and the classic Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast brought us into the home straight.

And so we rode out the storm that Emma and the tremendous trio had blown up. Safir was simply superb.

My Revelation (Emma original); Alfie; Think Pink and finally a tribute to Chick Corea with Spain.

Catch Emma when you can.

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