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Paul Edis: "One of the regulars at The Gala today called me a 'turncoat' and another a 'deserter' - that's a very northern way of displaying affection in response to the news that I'm leaving the area. 'They're vicious down there mind you'. " - (Twitter January24, 2020)

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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Queens of Jazz: the Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas - BBC 4 August 28












After the frustration of the Proms Story of Swing concert - a BBC 4 program that promised much and delivered less it was with anticipation that I caught up with the Jazz Diva program that followed.
Billie Holiday; Ella Fitzgerald; Sarah Vaughan; Peggy Lee and Nina Simone. All singers who experienced highs and lows in their turrbulant careers. Claire Martin; Barbara Jungr; Melody Gardot; Carleen Anderson; Madeleine Peyroux and Annie Ross were present day divas talking about their idols. Ross, in fact, straddled both sides of the div(a)ide.
Interesting, but frustrating to get only short snippets of actual performances and, in the case of Lady Day, over familiar ones.
Still these were enjoyable albeit, at times, very poignant but what made it for me were the black and white shots of New York and other American cities.
Portraits of a concrete jungle - an urban landscape of stark reality.
Lance.

1 comment :

Liz said...

yes, agreed Lance, especially on the over familiar shots of Billie.