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Jim Keltner: “I was snatched right out of the jazz world. I shouldn't say snatched, I went willingly, I ran. From $85 a week to $250 a week, that gets your attention." - (JazzTimes, September 2021)

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.
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13,715 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1132 of them this year alone and, so far, 76 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...

September

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Perdido Street Jazzmen (with Frank Brooker reeds, Eugene Farrar trombone, Brian Bennett banjo & Phil Rutherford sousaphone) @ Darlington Market Square, Darlington. 11:00am.
Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Silent Music Seeing Sound + Spinningwork @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music (NFOJIM).
Sat 25: Knats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm.
Sun 26: Sax Appeal @ The Blue Bell, Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA. 4:30pm. Free. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Album review: Schapiro 17 - Human Qualities

Composer, arranger, educator, Jon Schapiro recorded a second big band album almost two years ago, a follow up to the critically acclaimed New Shoes: Kind of Blue at 60. Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, it is only now that Human Qualities has surfaced on Summit Records. The '17' are the seventeen musicians (all of them top class) contributing to Schapiro's musical vision. 

The Schapiro outfit's line-up has remained remarkably consistent, the one change in personnel being Candace DeBartolo replacing Ben Kono in the reeds' section. Eight tracks, all but one composed by Schapiro, were recorded at Sear Sound, NYC. Schapiro's approach is that of a twenty first century composer arranging material to be performed by his peers without losing the connection to the great swing era bands through to Gil Evans' explorations and beyond. 

Opening with an affectionate tip of the hat to Count Basie, Count Me Out sets the tone. West Coast cool in the form of A Bounce in Her Step references Charlie Parker's Billie's Bounce and the closing number, House Money, draws upon the New Orleans' second line tradition. The one non-Schapiro composition and the album's sole ballad, is Ewan MacColl's The First Tme Ever I Saw Your Face. An unusual choice, perhaps, but, in the hands of Schapiro, Roberta Flack's chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning recording is transformed into a vehicle for contemporary big band. If big band jazz with a contemporary edge is your thing, Jon Schapiro's latest album should be on your wish list. 

Human Qualities by Schapiro 17 is available on Summit Records (cat no. DCD 775). Russell

Schapiro 17: Jon Schapiro (composer, conductor, arranger); Bryan Davis, Andy Gravish, Eddie Allen, Noyes Bartholomew (trumpets); Deborah Weisz, Alex Jeun, Nick Grinder (trombones); Walter Harris (bass trombone); Rob Wilkerson, Candace DeBartolo, Paul Carlon, Rob Middleton, Matt Hong (reeds); Sebastian Noelle (guitar); Roberta Piket (piano); Evan Gregor (bass); Jon Wikan (drums)

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