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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).

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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.

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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 - 3:00pm. Free.

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Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Moonlight is Dimmed in Vermont

Just heard of the death of Margaret Whiting (seen here with Johnny Mercer) on Jan 10 aged 87. Maybe she was/wasn't a jazz singer but she could interpret a lyric along with the best of them and in the class, and I use the word advisedly, of popular singers 'Maggie' rates pretty high.
Her pedigree was of the thoroughbred variety - her father was Richard Whiting composer of My Blue Heaven, Too Marvelous for Words and many more.
Her first hit back in the mid forties - Moonlight in Vermont - seemed the obvious choice for this short remembrance but then I came across the Lies of Handsome Men which I find has a surprising contemporary 1970s feel to it and photo montage is brilliant even if they did miss me out! Also try Spotify for a hilarious duet with Bob Hope - Blind Date. Farewell.
Obit.
Lance.

3 comments :

Liz said...

I loved her! a straight ahead singer if ever I heard one, thanks Lance for this tribute
Liz

Miles said...

Sad to read about the death of Margaret Whiting. When I was a lad my brother had a very eclectic record collection and among it was one of her records, I forget what the A side was but the B side was The End Of A Love Affair which I nearly wore out. Maybe it was an omen but the lyric that sticks in my mind was " the tunes I request are not always the best but the ones where the trumpets blare".
Perhaps this is a song for Ruth or Zoe

Sue Parish said...

I didn't know about this wonderful singer, and have just been completely spellbound by her version of this lovely song. I'll check out more. Thanks.
Sue Parish

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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