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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.
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).

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Darrell Green Quintet live streaming from Small's, NYC - Feb. 12

Camille Thurman (tenor sax, vocals); Wallace Roney Jr (trumpet); Marvin Sewell (guitar); Tom DiCarlo (double bass); Darrell Green (drums)

Another night at Small's. It's small, it's without an audience. It's strange, of course it is, but it hasn't always been like this and hopefully it won't be too long before the Greenwich Village venue returns to something like normal. This evening drummer Darrell Green brought in a five piece band - two horns, guitar, bass and drums. 

One hour, five numbers, no announcements. One or two familiar sounding tunes, sit back and enjoy the music. The opening selection could well have been Vincent Youman's Without a Song, the quintet nicely warmed up. Camille Thruman blew tenor, impressing on, was it Blue Bossa? Unison horn passages on a ballad intro hinted at Ornette, was this Wayne Shorter's Nefertiti? No matter, this was good as Darrell Green kicked in a swing time feel, trumpeter Roney's brief blast giving way to Thurman and the impressive Marvin Sewell on guitar, the horns riffing off mic, and off stage.  

Roney counted them in on a beautifully paced ballad feature before band leader Green belatedly introduced the band. Small's PA isn't the best, it's difficult to pick up on any words spoken. The Darrell Green Quintet went out on a 'quick blues'. A good set, roll on a return to 'live' gigs!  

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