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Bebop Spoken There

Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Tuesday June 19

Afternoon

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

Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Matt MacKellar.

Mark Williams Trio - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Crombie Rides Again!

The big news is that the long-awaited documentary, The Geordie Jazzman - Abi Lewis' affectionate portrait, warts and all, of the late Keith Crombie - is to be given a public showing, not only at Newcastle's Tyneside Cinema but also at Home as part of the Manchester Jazz Festival.
A private viewing back in 2016 impressed the majority of those invited and filmmaker Abi Lewis has kept us informed as to
what has happened in the meantime ...

Well,  we’ve toured GEORDIE JAZZ MAN to several international film festivals, which saw us win the 2017 Jury Prize for ‘BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM’ at NorthWestFest in Canada. 
Other festivals we’ve played at include; Sheffield Doc Fest (DP), Aldeburgh Doc Fest, Copenhagen Jazz Film Festival, Long beach Indie, L.A., the Oklahoma Doc Fest and Solo Positivo Music Film Festival, where we won 'Best Director Of Photography’ (well done to the wonderful James Cook!).

We ended our tour last November at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, which I think Keith would have approved of given it’s connection to Jazz and the Blues. 
It has been a real honour to attend some of the festivals listed, and especially to witness first hand how Keith’s story translates for an international audience. 

So what’s been happening so far in 2018? 
This year we brought independent film distribution and audience strategy consultant Jonny Tull onto the team. Jonny has many years of experience working in the UK film exhibition sector, including being a former programmer and head of marketing at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. 

But for now - wait for it….. We are planning to RELEASE the film to the public with a bespoke theatrical UK tour, and take Keith on the road. 
The first screening will be at HOME in Manchester on Wednesday, July 11th as part of HOME’s Jazz On Film season – a collaboration with Manchester Jazz Festival. 

The second (FILM & MUSIC event) will be on Friday, July 27th at the Tyneside Cinema which will celebrate Keith’s legacy and the Jazz scene in the region. This is the first public screening of the film in the North East and we’re really excited about making lots of noise about it in the press. The film screens with a Q&A and a late-night after Party in the Tyneside Coffee Rooms.
Abi.
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Well, I for one can't wait to see it again - 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.
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