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On This Day: December 14

2009: Jim Birkett Trio w. Sue Ferris @ The Cherry Tree.

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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.
Russell.
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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