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Bebop Spoken There

Dewey Redman: "When Trane came to Bop City in San Francisco and told me he liked the way I played, I stayed high off that forever." - (Downbeat June 1980.)

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Nick Brignola: “I got to talk to John Coltrane before he was John Coltrane!” – (Jazz Journal April 1991)

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Today Wednesday January 18

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Ruth Lambert w. Alan Law Trio - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00. Note earlier start and a small increase in admission.
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Big Score - Jazz on the screen

There are few great Jazz movies - but there are many movies made great by jazz. So quoted Jazz Journalist Steve Voce and this is the basis of what music historian Chris Phipps guided us through this evening.
The room was full and I doubt if anyone left without getting something out of it. Personally, I'd seen many of the movies without the soundtracks impacting upon me (The Man with the Golden Arm being a notable exception). This, I guess, is to the composer/arrangers credit. If the music made such an impact it would detract from the action. The excerpts played certainly made me want to check out the films again.
Chris Phipps spoke about them with both perception and humour but, we only had an hour of what could have been a ten week course!
Also it would have been good to have had actual film clips to go with the music - as in the clip from Payroll which was actually filmed in Newcastle. Instead we had graphic images which, effective initially, paled as the music played. Phipps, fortunately, made up for this with his description of the action and added to it with his often amusing and relevant comments.
Films referred to included The Wild Ones; A Streetcar Named Desire; Bullitt; The Sweet Smell of Success; Anatomy of a Murder (not played!); Payroll; Get Carter; Man With a Golden Arm; Johnny Cool; TV series such as The Avengers; M:Squad; Johnny Staccato.
The most amazing thing was that many of the composers weren't jazz people at all! (Q a notable exception) They just turned up with their pen and manuscript and wrote the soundtrack - often in the face of opposition from the film's directors.
Hollywood and jazz were odd bedfellows but, when the chemistry's right, it's a marriage that has lasted until, and as recently as, Whiplash!
A sequel could well include those many actual on screen moments by the greats.
An enjoyable hour.  
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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