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Bebop Spoken There

Bud Freeman: "I was in the hospital just two weeks--I couldn't bear being there. It seems to me that all the dead people in the world are not in their graves. So I went home" - (Down Beat May 16 1968).

Dan Wilensky: “When I was 19, I explored the highways and byways of the United States with “Brother” Jack McDuff in a small, sometimes rickety white truck in need of a paint job and a new muffler, helped lift his B-3 and Leslie out of said blundermobile, and after a five-hour gig, pocked $60…” (Down Beat August 2014).

Bebop Spoken There Archives.

Today Thursday August 21

Afternoon.
VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 1:00pm. 0191 2853429. FREE.
New Orleans in nice pub with 4 real ales, good food and a banjo!
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Evening
MAINE STREET JAZZMEN - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, NE16 5EE. 8.30pm. Free.
Good Time jazz with vocals by Olive.
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THE TEES HOT CLUB - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesborough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm. Free admission.
Gypsy jazz with guests Jeff Aucott (pno); Ray Dales (alt); Brian Dales (gtr).
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PILGRIM ST SET Featuring LLOYD WRIGHT (guitar) - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 6SF. 8.30pm. Free.
hard blowing quintet. Monthly, Tonight's the night!
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POCKET JAZZ ORCHESTRA - Fighting Cocks, Darlington Rd., Middleton St. George, Darlington DL2 1JT. 01325 335253. 8pm. Free.
Jeremy McMurray, Peter Ayton, Paul Smith + Mark Toomey (alto); Jackie Summers (vocal).
Monthly - Back Sept. 4
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- No. 28, Nelson St., Newcastle. 8.30pm. Free.
A Jazz Co-op gig - monthly back Sept. 4
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STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND - The Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, NE3 1QL. 7pm. Free.
Monthly - Back August 28.

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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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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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