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Jeremy Pelt: "I'm so much into melodies and into sound, and the presence of sound, that I don't necessarily want to try to play in between the cracks of a note." - (DownBeat November 2020)

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12,000 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1140 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Oct. 27).

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IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON.

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 29

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity (upstairs). It’s Abbie’s birthday!

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00-10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Preview: Ken Burns' Jazz (PBS America)

Tomorrow (Friday) the first part of Ken Burns' monumental series Jazz is being shown on PBS America (UK). First screened in January 2001, documentary film maker Burns' ten-part epic runs to something like nineteen hours with Keith David narrating. Contributors are many including Stanley Crouch (sadly Mr Crouch died yesterday, September 16), Gary Giddins and Wynton Marsalis. And, of course, there is the jazz, lots of jazz. Part 1 - Gumbo (9:45pm).

The ten part series will be broadcast over the next fortnight with repeats of each episode screened the following day (times vary). The first week's schedule is as follows (all 9:45pm):

Fri 18 (part 1) Gumbo (to 1917)   

Mon 21 (part 2) The Gift (1917-1924)

Tues 22 (part 3) Our Language (1924-1929)

Wed 23 (part 4) The True Welcome (1929-1934)

Thur 24 (part 5) Swing: Pure Pleasure (1935-1937)

Fri 25 (part 6) The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939)

Russell


2 comments :

Peter Slavid said...

I think it should be made clear that this series was hugely controversial at the time. The first part is fine, an excellent documentary on the origins, but the later episodes basically dismiss all music made outside the USA, almost all music made by white musicians, and anything with a hint of free jazz.
Very influenced by and biased towards the Marsalis view of jazz

Russell said...

Yes, the series was/is controversial. Jazz from 1961 to 2000 is squeezed in to the final part of the series. That said, the music heard is well worth hearing again. Incidentally, for those intending to watch on Freeview, if channel no.91 doesn't work try channel no.800.

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