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

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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST!

Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

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 

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