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Bebop Spoken There

Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Betty Bennett: “I've never sung "Funny Valentine"--my only claim to fame.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Today Tuesday December 1

Mosaic Jazz (Playing a celebration of American music) - Bell and Bucket, 37 Norfolk St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NQ. 1pm. Free.
Charles Gordon/Ken Hewitt Trio - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 7.30-10pm. Free.
Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band - New Inn, 29 Church St., Durham. DH1 3DN. 9pm. Free.
Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.
Customs House Big Band w. Ruth Lambert - All Saints Church, Cleadon, nr. Sunderland. 7pm.
Ralph Keeley (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
Ian Bosworth and Friends - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough, TS5 5DT. 01642 823813. 9pm.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

More on the Jazz Baroness DVD.

The BBC programme was great, as the original DVD testified, but what lifts this version above the previous is the added extra of 100 minutes of interviews with various musicians.
Just look at the list: Chico Hamilton, George Wein, Sir John Dankworth, Roy Haynes, Archie Shepp, Curtis Fuller, Harry Colomby, Paul Jeffreys, Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Eddie Henderson, Ira Gitler, Quincy Jones, Thelonious Monk jnr..
Benny Golson relates how nervous a performer would become when Nica  entered a club. "It was like Bird or Dizzy coming in. Just as you knew that they knew where it was at - so did she" (Or words to that effect!) Golson recalls Monk saying to him, "You're too perfect - you gotta make mistakes. If you don't make mistakes you're never gonna progress." The tenor player realised that what Monk was saying was "Don't just play what you know."
Each of the interviewees relate at length stories and memories of Monk, Nica, Bebop, the 40's/50's, Racism, Drugs just about every aspect of the era. The thing they all have in common is their appreciation of the role this wealthy aristocrat played in supporting Bebop and "The cats" who played it. I use the term "Cats" advisedly as, apart from supporting the jazz cats she also had, reportedly, 306 felines that she also looked after!
What a woman!
And what a grand job Hannah Rothschild has done producing this film Can't wait to read the book which is due out on Thursday May 3 (Virago Press).

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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.
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