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Ethan Iverson: "Oscar Peterson famously said that Bud [Powell] played just too many wrong notes. He was really critical of Bud as a player, which I think is not right." - (DownBeat March 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'"

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12,557 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 276 of them this year alone and, so far, 127 this month (Feb. 28).

Wednesday March 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MILES WATSON

Monday, February 15, 2021

King Kong (the South African musical not the film)

(Press release)

On the 23rd February 1961 the iconic South African musical King Kong opened at the Princes Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave in London. The outstandingly talented and charismatic cast, as well as the score rooted in township jazz and choral singing made a huge impact, and the show's West End run lasted for 201 performances.

A few weeks previously, I (aged 5) had watched from a packed balcony in Johannesburg airport as the cast and creative team boarded a plane for London. Amongst them was my late father, Stanley Glasser, the show's musical director.

Little did I know then that in early 1990 I would become the musical director of the Manhattan Brothers, whose founding members Nathan Mdlele and Joe Mogotsi played the lead roles in King Kong, and would produce their final album ‘Inyembezi’ for EMI South African in 2006.

60 Years on, on the 23rd February 2021 at 8PM GMT, I will be presenting a one-off Zoom lecture telling the story of this show. I will be drawing on a personal archive of newspaper cuttings, audio, video and photos, as well as my own interviews with Hugh Masekela, David Serame, Lemmy Special Mabaso, Caiphus Semenya, Lindiwe Tsele and Esme Matshikiza.

This is a free event, with donations welcomed. To sign up on Eventbrite, click the red button below.

I would love you to join me for this unique event.

Warm wishes,

Adam

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