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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Miles Ahead for the jazz junkie

(Review by Russell)
Of course you’ve heard of this rock star but you don’t really know his music. You’re persuaded to go on a date to the cinema to see the new biopic based upon the life and times of this legendary figure. The lead actor looks like him, doesn’t he? He played a trombone, no, a trumpet, didn’t he? The sets look like they are out of a seventies’ cop series with hip dude dialogue. Lots of motherf***** this and motherf***** that. The journalist character is chasing a story. The rock star isn’t keen to play ball. A Jimmy Cagney car chase, Batman and Robin fisticuffs (split lips, not good for a trombonist).

So what’s the story? A stolen session tape, crooked record executive types, guns, the quest to recover what is rightfully the rockstar’s amidst a serious drug habit. The story slight, the soundtrack excellent, Don Cheadle as Miles Davis is convincing. Is it worth seeing Miles Ahead? If you’re a jazz fan, yes, but don’t expect too much. If you don’t know anything about Miles and his music you could be forgiven for wondering what
the f*** the fuss is about.   

That first date to the cinema could be the first and last. S/he could well conclude you’re some kind of jazz weirdo and decide that watching Eastenders is a better bet.      
Russell            
Miles Ahead - Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. Times.

1 comment :

  1. Have to agree with Russell on this one. Film never really establishes why Miles was such an innovator and all time great. As a film it may be ok (although plot described above a bit tedious)but as a celebration of the man and his music I was left underwhelmed.

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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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