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Today Wednesday January 29

Afternoon

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

Evening

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

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

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.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Artie Shaw Centennial Approaches

The Artie Shaw centennial (May 23) is here and the tributes are coming in fast and furious. Justifiably so. Arguably the finest jazz clarinet of his generation, and certainly mine, Artie was also such an enigmatic person that even without the music he would have made his mark.
The Trouble With Cinderella is one of the classic autobiography's - not least because Artie wrote it without a co-writer and, despite being married to several Screen Goddesses, didn't 'dish the dirt like the rest of those broads' did.
Musically, did any big band have a more evocative theme than Nightmare? Did the road ever become better illustrated musically than on Traffic Jam? Was their ever a better and more original band within a band than the Gramercy Five?
On a personal level, I can still recall the thrill I got x years ago when I stumbled across What Is This Thing Called Love on a '78' in a junk shop.
On one 10" piece of shellac I discovered Artie Shaw, Mel Tormé, the Meltones - I think I paid a tanner (six old pence).
Sale of the century!

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