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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RIP Lauren Bacall

I must confess that I can't recall ever seeing a Robin Williams movie although I'm sure, given the media coverage, he was a major star and due to the nature of his passing it is a story that will run and run.
By contrast, Lauren Bacall, who died August 12 aged 89, was a long time favourite of mine and I find it sad that the death of this icon has been overshadowed by that of Robin Williams.
The jazz content in her life?
Well there was the movie Young Man With a Horn with soundtrack by Harry James (it purported to tell the story of Bix but didn't). The Big Sleep where she croaked her way through And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine. To Have and to Have Not with Hoagy Carmichael singing Am I Blue? (it was claimed her voice was dubbed by Andy Williams!) and the famous line [to husband in real life Bogart] "You don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything and you don't have to do anything. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow."
Sadly missed.


Liz said...

yes agreed Lance, she was a real star of the first order

Russell said...

I've just taken Bacall's autobiography from the shelf to re-read. A class act.

Davey Sax (on f/b) said...

RIP Lauren Bacall. A true stellar star and the most beautiful woman to have walked this earth.

Russell said...

Davey, the most beautiful woman to have walked this earth has to be another of Bogie's co-stars - the one and only Ingrid Bergman.

Liz said...

well I think Ava Gardner would be a contender for this title...Frank thought so too !

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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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