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Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Wednesday November 22

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.

Evening
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.

Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).

The Village Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.

BBC Big Band - Middlesbrough Theatre, The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA. 01642 815181. 7:30pm. £24.50.

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

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Born to be Blue

(Preview by Russell/photos from Sight and Sound)
Following hot on the heels of Don Cheadle’s biopic of Miles Davis comes Born to be Blue. Director Robert Budreau’s film about the life and troubled times of ‘cool school’ trumpet icon Chet Baker features the bankable Hollywood star Ethan Hawke.  

Julian Joseph reviewed the film on Radio 4’s Front Row. The pianist observed: You get that sense of reverence in Hawke’s portrayal of Baker and the esteem in which he held Miles Davis.
Robert Budreau, interviewed by Trevor Johnston for Sight and Sound magazine (August 2106) said: Our goal was really to use Chet Baker as a way to tell a more universal story about the choices an artist has to make. On Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of Baker, Budreau said: We were so lucky to get him at that moment in his life when he was firing on all cylinders.      
Russell
Ethan Hawke (Chet Baker), Carmen Ejogo (Jane Azuka), Kedar Brown (Miles Davis), Kevin Hanchard (Dizzy Gillespie).
Robert Budreau (director), David Braid (original score and jazz arrangements).

Born to be Blue (cert 15) is to be screened at Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Friday September 2nd at 5:30pm, Saturday 3rd at 2:00pm and again at 8:00pm, with a final screening at two o’clock on Wednesday 7th. 

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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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