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Bebop Spoken There

Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

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.
Paul Skerritt Band - 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.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Miles Davis - the Painter

This afternoon I was doing the weekly wash. And what has that to do with BSH, you ask?
Well, I was tuned to Radio 4 as usual, and by chance ,I caught a 30-minute item all about how Miles Davis took up art in later life. He was taught by a woman artist with whom he had a close relationship until his death and he proved to be talented, with the same ideas about mixing and blending and the same eye (ear) for detail that he brought to his music, and the same experimental skills. And all this was accompanied by his sublime music.
I guess this will be available on iPlayer, so catch it if you can.Ann Alex







3 comments :

  1. I saw an exhibition of his paintings in Manchester. I have a programme somewhere which I must dig out.

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  2. I too visited the exhibition of Davis’ paintings at The Gallery: Manchester’s Art House. The Portland Street gallery hosted the European premiere of the trumpeter’s art work in November 1994. The exhibition catalogue’s front cover features a portrait of an angelic looking Miles. The back cover sees our hero in the (painter’s) studio. One of the works on show – Roots – was going for £25,000. I’d forgotten my cheque book.

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  3. Front and back cover, sent by Russell, now added to Ann's original post.

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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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