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Bebop Spoken There

Oscar Peterson: "Some musicians give the listeners the feeling: 'Be glad you're here, that you've been allowed in' " - (Downbeat January 13, 1954).
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Sonny Rollins: “He [Orrin Keepnews, record producer] gave a lot of guys the opportunity to do a lot of things – Cannonball, who was one of his favorites, McCoy, Monk – so I think he was very helpful to a lot of musicians who needed to be recorded.” – (Jazz Times May 2015).

Today Wednesday May 27

Afternoon
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
New Orleans Jazz. Raffles, and a jolly afternoon.
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JAZZ ESQUIRES - Magnesia Bank, Camden St., North Shields NE30 1NH. 1pm. Free.
Swinging mainstream band.
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Evening.
TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE JAZZ WORKSHOP - The Chillingham, Chillingham Rd., Heaton. 8:30pm. £1.
Dave and co welcome all-comers .
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RAY DALES QUARTET - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Good food and some tasty alto playing. NOTE THE EARLIER START!
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MISSISSIPPI DREAMBOATS - Springwell Village Hall, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 0191 4162630. 9pm. £2.
New Orleans style. For this week only.
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SUE FERRIS TRIO- Witham Hall, Barnard Castle. 7.30pm. £8.
Last in the series with a swinging tenor/flute player - back in the Autumn.
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JAZZ AT THE BAY- Cleveland Bay pub, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE 01642 780275. 9pm.
The Teesside Hot Club swinging at the Bay .
Fortnightly - Back June 3
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TBA - Ashington Jazz Club @ The Elephant, Newbiggin Rd., Ashington. NE63 0SZ. 8pm. £5.
Await news on pub refurbishment.

Monday, April 30, 2012

DVD Released today - The Jazz Baroness

“An astonishing story” The Times. “Fabulous, brilliant film. I loved it” Hanif Kureishi. “Beautifully composed and bursting at the seams with fascinating material” Time Out. “Mesmerising” Stephen Frears.    
(Review by Lance).               
Most of us remember the BBC Documentary The Jazz Baroness shown a couple of years back on TV. It was the story of Pannonica Rothschild and her relationship with Thelonious Monk. 
Now it has been re-released on DVD with the bonus of a 100 minutes of additional footage including the Monk Quartet playing on a 1965 BBC television broadcast. As well as this there are interviews.
The Jazz Baroness tells the moving story of Pannonica Rothschild (‘Nica’ for short) and her great love for the jazz pianist-composer Thelonious Monk.  Directed by Nica’s great-niece, Hannah Rothschild, the documentary features the voice of Oscar® winner Helen Mirren who reads Nica’s words.  Shown as part of the BBC’s Storyville season, on HBO and at international film festivals, The Jazz Baroness will be released on DVD by 3DD Productions on 30th April 2012. 

Growing up, Hannah Rothschild never met her great aunt but she heard the rumours: Nica was the family’s black sheep; she flew Lancaster bombers in the war; that junkie Charlie Parker died in her apartment; she chose not to live with her five children; she shared a house with jazz musicians and 306 cats; twenty jazz standards were written and dedicated to her; she raced Miles Davis down Fifth Avenue. There was one thing everyone agreed upon; she dedicated the last twenty-eight years of  her life to one man, the high priest of bebop, the pianist Thelonious Monk. She laid her love, her inheritance and her freedom before his feet like a cloth of devotion. 
Hannah Rothschild finally met Nica in 1984. They became friends but when Nica died a few years later, Rothschild, a film-maker, knew there was far  more to uncover about this mysterious and glamorous relation. What, she wanted to know, had taken Nica from the grandest English drawing rooms to the shabbiest clubs? Why did this young woman who danced with Royalty, hung out with Winston Churchill and Einstein, eat off gold plates prefer the company of itinerant musicians?  What was it about the son of a poor country farmer that captured Nica’s heart and her imagination?                                                     
Using private family papers, rare film archives, rarely seen performances and new interviews, the documentary recreates Nica’s story. Starting with a rarefied childhood in a stately home, Tring Park, the film follows her journey from Paris, to a narrow escape from the Nazis, via the battlefields of Africa, to Norway, Mexico, to a State prison in Delaware and finally to an unimposing house in New Jersey. Nica’s story is recreated by her family and friends including Sonny Rollins, The Duchess of Devonshire, Quincy Jones, Clint Eastwood, Chico Hamilton, Roy Haynes, TS Monk junior, Val Wilmer and Lord Rothschild. 
The film also features footage of the groundbreaking Thelonious Monk Quartet playing such classics as “Straight No Chaser”, “The Bolivar Blues” and a 1965 BBC appearance, by which point Monk, with Nica’s help, had finally begun to get the recognition, if not the financial rewards he had worked for.Researched over a twenty-year period, The Jazz Baroness profiles an extraordinary woman who devoted herself to the cause of New York’s jazz elite who were not only struggling artistically, but also battling a racist culture.  Nica sheltered them when they were broke, bailed them out of jail and helped them cope with their drug habits.  In appreciation, Monk and many others wrote dozens of songs for and about her.  
DVD Extras: In addition to the documentary itself, The Jazz Baroness DVD will offer 100 minutes of new content including extended interviews with Sonny Rollins, Chico Hamilton, Quincy Jones and others.    
Book: Nica’s extraordinary story is also told in the book ‘The Baroness’ by Hannah Rothschild, which will be published by Virago on 3rd May. 
DVD: Catalogue number:  FHED 2908. Run time:  185 minutes approx. RRP:  £14.99. Barcode:  5030697020536.  No of discs:  1 The Jazz Baroness is available for download from iTunes, priced £1.89.
Review to follow with emphasis on the extra 100 minutes.
Lance.

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