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Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two.

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft 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.

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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