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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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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.
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).

Sunday, May 02, 2021

The Sunday Service: The Music of Joe Darensbourg - May 2

(Screenshot by Russell)
Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals)

In Ascona, Switzerland for a rare live gig opportunity, this week Preacher Adrian Cox chose as his subject clarinetist Joe Darensbourg. The American wanted to write a tune about his home state Louisiana, so, he came up with Lou-Easy-An-I-A. Cox picked up his clarinet to play it, singing into the bargain. An excellent start. Shortly after the one o'clock downbeat close on one hundred fans were online. Three tunes in, Cox's live stream was interrupted by the arrival of not one, but two, giant-size Swiss Rolls, courtesy of his host. Yum.

Seemingly many early twentieth century popular songs had rather long titles, the thought springing to mind as Cox sang Walter Donaldson's How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?. A somewhat more concise title, Wingy Manone's The Tailgate Ramble, featured more of Cox's spot-on vocals and oh-so-fluent clarinet playing. Joe's Blues, a real slow blues, hit the spot. The Martinique, written by Wilbur de Paris in the mid-fifties, is a tune Cox has played for many years, fluent as you like. I've got one more tune, said Cox, adding, the Uber has arrived, Well, it'll have to wait! Cox, Rico Tomasso and Denny Illet were heading to the airport to catch a flight homePreacher Cox signed off with Sweet Georgia Brown. Safe journey home!             

Set list: Lou-Easy-an-I-AWabash BluesCake Walking Babies from HomeYellow Dog BluesHow Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?The Tailgate RambleJoe's BluesThe MartiniqueSweet Georgia Brown.  

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