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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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

As I was saying about Bob Dylan....

(By JC)
While there has been some debate about whether Bob Dylan should feature on BSH it should be noted that, following his two earlier GAS book recordings, he has now released another 30 songs on a 3-CD album called Triplicate. As this has just been released I have not heard it yet but it's on my list (at the moment I am still working my way through last year's release of a 36-CD box set of every concert on Dylan's infamous 1966 world tour!). However, I have read an interview he gave to Bill Flanagan to coincide with the release of Triplicate in which he talks in a very interesting way about why the songs are important to him and why he wants to record them.

He talks about meeting Sinatra and what songs he liked and also what jazz musicians he likes and draws on - Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Elvin Jones, Artie Shaw and Fats Waller. He also mentions seeing Coltrane at the Village Gate and how Ornette Coleman and himself would go to each other's concerts. When asked about what he listens to late at night Dylan mentions Sarah Vaughan's My Kinda Love and the album she did with Clifford Brown. And I've left out all the references to the folk tradition, blues and rock and roll. Whatever people think of him this is a guy who really listens to other people's music.
For his last question the interviewer asks:

'- From the 20s into the early 50s, the line between blues and pop and country and jazz was very flexible. Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers, Bing Crosby, Ray Charles all tried their hand at everything. Why do fences come up between different styles of American music?'

'- Because of the pressure to conform.'

The interview can be found on Bob Dylan's website - http://bobdylan.com/news/qa-with-bill-flanagan/

JC

1 comment :

Richard Waddington said...

I don't think it was that Bob shouldn't be on a jazz site, especially doing versions of the great American songbook, but concern that it had the most hits.
There's been a discussion this very day whether progressive rock should feature and, while I can't believe I'm agreeing with Steve T, there are far greater parallels between jazz and progressive rock than jazz and Bob, even Bob doing great American songbook.
Incidentally, Robert Johnson made less than thirty records, all fairly straightforward country blues.
Bing was a crooner - always and as far as I can tell Jimmie Rodgers made country and western. Ray Charles was a jack of all trades, master of none. As a soul singer he was no James Brown, as a blues artist he was no Muddy, as a rock and roller he was no Elvis, as a jazz artist he was no Miles, as a crooner he was no Sinatra. He may have been good at c+w, I've no idea. Better than Johnny Cash I'll bet. Oops, another sacred nut-roast.

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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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