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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Musings...

Part of the BSH team opted for the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Band's gig at Sage Gateshead last night. I was down the road in Armenia but, if I'd realised they were 'doing' Tchaikovsky's Fifth, I think I'd also have been heading for St. Pete's.

It's my favourite symphony and I'm surprised that neither Ellington, nor any of the other trans-genre composer/arrangers never picked up on it. One person who did was Mack David who, who along with Mack Davis and Andre Kostelanetz penned a lyric to the andante cantabile theme in the second movement and called it Moon Love - and what a song!

Sinatra recorded it early in his career with Harry James and, later on, on his magnificent Moonlight Sinatra album. Glenn Miller and Al Bowlly also had a bite at it.

Peter Ilyich provided plenty of fodder for the Tin Pan Alley boys but there were few better musical muggings than this!
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For anyone who hasn't yet picked up on Denny Farrell's weekly  Late Night Chicago Radio Show this week's as good a place as any to start.

Art Hodes; Diana Krall; Jack Teagarden; Sonny Criss; Fred Astaire (w. JATP); Tony Bennett; George Shearing; Manhattan Transfer (Blue Champagne) and a whole lot more.

Mention of Blue Champagne prompts me to remind Ruth Lambert that I'm still waiting to hear her sing it - it was 10 years ago when we first talked about it! It's a great tune and, if Ruth doesn't eventually get round to it then there's a whole gang of girls out there who could do it justice.
Lance

1 comment :

Liz said...

Anita O'Day does a great version!

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