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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival Preview - The Raymond Scott Experience

This is perhaps the most intriguing concert of the Festival.
Raymond Scott? I hear you ask. A good question, truth is I have knowingly heard very little of his music myself. What I recall are an almost chamber-like approach that may or not be called jazz. Whatever, it did/does have a quirky charm about it. Many of his sidemen thought he was mad and some of his oddball titles reinforce that impression e.g. A Dedicatory Piece to the Crew and Passengers of the First Experimental Rocket Express to the Moon. A title worthy of Charles Mingus if not Jerome Kern!
Earlier I said 'knowingly heard' however, unknowingly, I must have heard quite a bit as a lot of the early Looney Tunes cartoons had scores by Raymond Scott and later his music was used by The Simpsons.
In a nutshell - not your straightforward composer/leader/arranger.
The concert itself is by the Stu Brown Sextet and opens with pre-release footage of a documentary Deconstructing Dad by filmmaker Stan Warnow who is also Raymond Scott's son.
This promises to be a true voyage of discovery for swing fans and film buffs and is presented with the Northern Lights Film Festival.
Sunday March 28, 2:00 pm Hall Two. £13.50/£7.00.
Lance.

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