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Brian Carrick: "I contacted Max Jones of Melody Maker and offered to be his correspondent in the States, but I should have done what Ken Colyer had done, get a job on a ship and then jump ship in the States. So I didn't make it [to New Orleans] till 1973." - (Just Jazz May 1999)

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COVID-19

In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Film review: Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things @ The Forum Cinema, Hexham - October 18

(Review by Russell)

Leslie Woodhead's documentary film about the life of Ella Fitzgerald was released in May but it is only now that it has reached the north east of England. Full marks to Hexham's Forum Cinema for including it in its autumn schedule and to Tyne Valley residents for turning out in good number to watch Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things.

Talking heads were led by Ray Brown Jr. with others - including the class act that is Tony Bennett and Brits Laura Mvula and Jamie Cullum - making telling, indeed loving contributions. For much of the opening half of the film there was little of Ella in action as grainy black and white stills accompanied an excellent (it couldn't be anything else!) soundtrack. As the story moved on to the bop era and Ella's subsequent 'Songbook' albums masterminded by Norman Granz we saw more of the the legendary singer in action on concert stages across the world. 

Woodhead's documentary examined Ella's difficult childhood years, a time in marked contrast to her six decades' career travelling the globe during which she was rarely at home. Biographer Will Friedwald offered expert insight analysing Ella's performance, in particular her legendary concert in pre-Wall Berlin.

Ella Fitgerald: Just One of Those Things is well worth catching. As and when it turns up at your local movie theatre don't miss it.

Following the screening seemingly half of those in the auditorium made a b-line for the cinema's Scott's cafe/bar. The Swing Bridge Trio set up in one corner of Scott's to play a set of swinging standards. Dan Martin, piano, Dave Parker, double bass and Peter Ninnim, drums opened with Irving Berlin's Cheek to Cheek and continued with Horace Silver's Song for My Father. The place standing room only, Cheek to Cheek if you will, and, with a bottle of Hadrian Border's Secret Kingdom in hand, your correspondent retired to Wetherspoon's ground floor Art Deco establishment.   
Russell             

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