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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Saturday February 24

Afternoon

Nikki Iles Masterclass - Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green, Durham DH13RL. 1:30pm. £.3.00. Open to the public as observers.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hardwick Arms Hotel, 1 North End, Sedgefield TS21 2AZ. Tel: 01740 622305. 1:30pm. Free.

Evening

Billy Bootleggers All-Star Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:30pm. £12.00.

Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. 8:00pm (doors). £10.00. Augmented line-up: David Blakey (trumpet), Lloyd Howell (perc.).

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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RIP Lauren Bacall


I must confess that I can't recall ever seeing a Robin Williams movie although I'm sure, given the media coverage, he was a major star and due to the nature of his passing it is a story that will run and run.
By contrast, Lauren Bacall, who died August 12 aged 89, was a long time favourite of mine and I find it sad that the death of this icon has been overshadowed by that of Robin Williams.
The jazz content in her life?
Well there was the movie Young Man With a Horn with soundtrack by Harry James (it purported to tell the story of Bix but didn't). The Big Sleep where she croaked her way through And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine. To Have and to Have Not with Hoagy Carmichael singing Am I Blue? (it was claimed her voice was dubbed by Andy Williams!) and the famous line [to husband in real life Bogart] "You don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything and you don't have to do anything. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow."
Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Lance.

5 comments :

Liz said...

yes agreed Lance, she was a real star of the first order

Russell said...

I've just taken Bacall's autobiography from the shelf to re-read. A class act.

Davey Sax (on f/b) said...

RIP Lauren Bacall. A true stellar star and the most beautiful woman to have walked this earth.

Russell said...

Davey, the most beautiful woman to have walked this earth has to be another of Bogie's co-stars - the one and only Ingrid Bergman.

Liz said...

well I think Ava Gardner would be a contender for this title...Frank thought so too !

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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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