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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Alan Plater's Mysterioso

I have an affinity with Alan Plater - we were born within streets of each other although he had departed for more southerly climes before I was conceived. Nevertheless, I identify with him, not just because we may, and I stress the word may, have shared midwives but because we most definitely shared a love of jazz.
That love comes through in his writing - "The Beiderbecke Affair" and the ditto "Tapes", "Doggin' Around", "Blonde Bombshells of 1943" and "Mysterioso."
I've just watched this latter work, published as a novel in 1987 and dramatised for tv in 1991, on DVD.
Although far from being as enigmatic as the Thelonious Monk inspired title would suggest, it is, nevertheless, an engaging tale of a young girl's search for her father - who turns out to be a Ronnie Scott caricuture - and in the process discovers herself.
There are few twists and turns and no seemingly insurmountable brick walls in Rachel's quest to find if her heart belongs to daddy. Nor are there any out and out baddies - only a boring suburban architect and some once anti-semetic grandparents.
However, far from being bland, it is a tale that kept me glued to the screen, helped along by the off-screen tenor playing of Stan Sultzman.
Thoroughly enjoyable.
As a matter of further interest. The latest jazz inspired work by Alan Plater is "Looking For Buddy". Newcastle's Live Theatre are presenting it from May 7 - June 13.
Lance.

1 comment :

Phil Portus said...

Misterioso by Alan Plater
Misterioso (Alan Plater’s TV films-1991) one of the lesser known of the handful of “jazz films” out there. It’s not in the same big movie class as Round Midnight and Bird or even Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Mo' Better Blues (1990) ( Spike Lee's movie), "Paris Blues," which was directed in 1961 by Paul Newman's frequent collaborator Martin Ritt and has a score by Duke Ellington (as well as some wonderful moments with Louis Armstrong). Misterioso, by Alan Plater is a slightly dated TV film but its charm is a simple love child daughter seeks long lost father who happens not only to be a jazz musician but a Ronnie Scott style character with his deadpan humour. Jazz musicians will sympathise with characters in Misterioso playing in empty cellar bars and ego centric band leaders. The jazz used in Misterioso, which includes Stan Sultzman, is part of the film not just as a background soundtrack. Another of Alan Plater’s TV films, Doggin' Around (1994) is also worth a viewing.
Phil Portus

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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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