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Bebop Spoken There

Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).


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.

Wednesday September 18



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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.


Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.



Archipelago + Freese Trio - Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 7:30pm. £5.00.


Levee Ramblers NOJB w. Jim McBriarty (clarinet) & Bob Wade (trumpet) - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.


Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What's New?

This morning a wonderful sound came filtering out of the kitchen from the Terry Wogan Show of all things. It was Linda Ronstadt singing "What's New?" surely one of the top ten songs of the 20th century. Like "Stardust" a perfect match of music and lyrics. I believe the story behind it is that Bob Haggard wrote the tune in 1938 and Johnny Burke promised to write words for it and then forgot, some years later when they met Haggard asked about the lyric and Burke said he had them in his office and would go and get them. An hour later he came back with the newly written words and the rest as they say is history, and he changed the title from "I'm Free" to "What's New?" There is still hope for Radio 2.


Lance said...

I've got the original LP. Arrangements by Nelson Riddle. I reckon the other titles could qualify in the all-time list as well:
I've Got A Crush on You/I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry/Crazy He Calls Me/Someone to Watch Over Me/I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You./What'll I Do?/ Loverman/ Goodbye.

Liz said...

Well Miles, nowadays I despair of Radio 2. They used to broadcast so much good stuff, particularly on a Sunday. Now all we have of the standards is David Jacobs at 11pm. This is just too late for many people of a certain age I feel. Gillian Reynolds says it all in her columns.She was always on with Parky in the days gone by & she adores the pre 1960's stuff. However, getting back to your words on "What's new?" you sure got that right...a wonderful number

Hil said...

The song is wonderful I totally agree. However I smile whenever I hear it played. It reminds me of a certain gentleman singer (not a geordie chap!!??) serenading just me with this particular number in the Jazz Cafe when I was sitting next to him about 20 yrs fact that the band were actually playing another tune didn't deter him in the slightest. I wonder if anyone can guess who it was?..;o)


Lance said...

Let me guess - it was either Mike or Dave the Rave? (Neither of them Geordie's)

Hil said...

Well it wasn't Mike....;o)

Mike used to play the trumpet and sing to me 'Cant Get Started with you' One of his favourite trumpet players Bunny Berigan recorded it in 1937.
I found this on Youtube with Maynard and Al Hirt
The last time Mike played it for me was at the Cork Jazz Festival in about 1990. He sounded fine...but one drunken Irish man ruined it for him by asking him if it was him playing and singing? When Mike replied..the Irish man said "Well stick to the f****** trumpet"....Sadly he never did sing it again...;o)

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