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Faye McCalman: "For a while I would hear other artists and feel that I need to be like that person, have what they have; but then I realised that everyone has their own thing and what I connect with most is when I can tell an artist is just being themselves." - (Jazzwise July 2021)

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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".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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

Postage

13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 20: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event.

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Film review: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

George C. Wolfe's film adaptation of August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is available now on Netflix. Starring Viola Davis as Ma Rainey and Chadwick Boseman as Levee, the action, such as it is, is largely confined to a Chicago recording studio. It's 1927 in stifling mid-summer heat, tensions rising as blues singer Rainey, knowing her worth, isn't going to be exploited by white record company bosses or her manager. 
First staged in 1982, Wilson's stage play is, by the nature of the form, set-bound, which director George C. Wolfe exploits to the full as, first, members of the band awaiting the arrival of Rainey exchange pleasantries, rapidly evolving into sharper exchanges. Trumpeter Levee, Chadwick Boseman's character, haunted by disturbing childhood experiences and harbouring ambitions to lead his own band, pushes to the limit, the outcome both disturbing and unpredictable. 

Viola Davis delivers a powerful performance as Rainey. The physical transformation of Davis' the actor into the film's central character is striking. The scenes involving Davis/Rainey are a visual treat. The score was written by Branford Marsalis and several familiar names are on the soundtrack. If you're looking for an action packed movie, look elsewhere, if you're looking for an exposition of the struggle of black Americans in a deeply racist country in the 1920s, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is for you. 

The (off-screen) Ma Rainey band musicians are: Wendell Brunious (trumpet); Freddie Lonzo (trombone); Sean Mason (piano); Eric Revis (double bass); Herlin Riley (drums). Others heard on the soundtrack include Delfeayo Marsalis and Don Vappie. In some quarters Ma Rainey's Black Bottom has been tipped for Oscar success. Viola Davis for Ma Rainey? The late Chadwick Boseman for Levee? We'll find out when the Academy Awards' winners are announced on April 25 next year. Sign up to Netflix (www.netflix.com) for one month for £6.99.  
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