Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Tony Kofi: "I bought myself an alto saxophone and learned from mum's record collection Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Doris Day" - (Jazzwise April, 2020).

Archive.

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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.

Today

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.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Preview: Ella & Miles go to the movies

(Preview by Russell)

You wait an age then two, no, three come along at once. Just as the no. 38 bus comes into view you can be sure another one isn't far behind followed by another. As John Akomfrah's arthouse film Precarity nears the end of its run at Baltic, two jazz documentary films open in Bebop Spoken Here's heartland (aka the north east of England). As Buddy Bolden (Precarity) departs (Oct 27), Ella and Miles arrive this Friday (Oct 18).

Precarity imagines Buddy Bolden. Jazz historians take the view that film footage of the legendary figure simply doesn't exist. This is far from the case with Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis. Two documentary films - Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things and Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - released this year draw upon the moving image to illustrate the story, the legend, of Ella and Miles. Familiar names offer insights and, of course, there is the music.

Director Leslie Woodhead interviews Ray Brown Jr. (Ella's adopted son) and other talking heads including Jamie Cullum and Laura Mvula. Sally Evans-Darby's Jazz Journal online review suggests a high point is hearing sixteen year old Alexis Morrast singing A-Tisket, A-Tasket on the same Harlem Apollo Theater stage as did Ella back in 1934. Ella: Just One of Those Things will be screened at 7:00pm on Friday at Hexham's Forum Cinema.

Stanley Nelson's documentary features a host of names who worked with, knew or met Miles Dewey Davis...Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter featured on seminal recordings with Miles, all have their say. Jimmy Heath and Quincy Jones offer insight, so too Juliette Gréco, Lee Konitz and the man once touted as successor to the great man, Wallace Roney. Writers/biographers Stanley Crouch, Ashley Kahn and Quincy Troupe contribute their expertise as does nephew Vince Wilburn Jr.. Miles: Birth of the Cool opens at the Tyneside Cinema on Friday (8:30pm), further screenings include Saturday (5:45pm) and Sunday (3:00pm). Later in the month (Monday 28) the recently opened Everyman Cinema on Grey Street, Newcastle will show the film at eight o'clock.      
Russell 

No comments :

Blog Archive