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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 Tuesday March 20


Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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

Friday, July 17, 2015

Book review: Ray Celestin - The Axeman’s Jazz

(Review by Russell)
May 1919. New Orleans is enduring weeks of incessant rain. It’s also enduring a reign of terror. A serial killer is out there and no one knows who he is, or where he is, or when he will strike next. The self styled ‘Axeman’ shows distain for the local cops, writing to the local newspaper warning that he will kill again. City Hall, the police department, private investigators, the mob – they’re all clueless, corrupt and…frightened.
The Axeman’s Jazz is Ray Celestin’s first novel. Based on a true story, the author evokes a New Orleans of crime, poverty, virulent racism and jazz. Storyville, Vieux Carré, West End – there ain’t a district in the Big Easy comes up smelling of roses in Celestin’s novel. Jazz in the bordellos, on the streets and onboard the Mississippi paddle-steamers features throughout the narrative with an up and coming cornet player becoming embroiled in the action – one Louis Armstrong!
The First Precinct Police Station sets about trying to apprehend the killer. Pinkertons’ ops are on the case, newspapermen, a bent ex-cop and Armstrong. The Times-Picayune prints another letter from the Axeman stating he will visit the city again (Tuesday next), making the citizens an offer they can’t refuse:
I am very fond of jazz music, and I swear by all the devils in the nether regions that every person shall be spared in whose home a jazz band is in full swing at the time I have just mentioned…One thing is certain and that is that some of your people who do not jazz it on Tuesday night (if there be any) will get the axe.
In fear of their lives the citizenry of the Big Easy go jazz crazy!
Ray Celestin’s The Axeman’s Jazz is the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger – Best First Novel of the Year 2014.
The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin is published as a paperback by Pan Macmillan (ISBN 978-1-4472-5888-9).          

1 comment :

Patti D. said...

The book sounds great - I love me a bit of gritty crime! And I've just ordered it.

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