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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.
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Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Film review: One Night in Miami

Available from today (Friday 15) on Amazon Prime, Regina King's One Night in Miami imagines a meeting of four high profile African Americans in 60s' America. It's the night of Cassius Clay's defeat of Sonny Liston. The new heavyweight champion arrives at a Miami hotel in party mood, anticipating booze and girls. What materialises is a meeting with Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), NFL star Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr). 

One Night in Miami places four African American actors in a predominately set bound drama. Tensions rise as Malcolm X seeks to recruit Clay (Eli Horee) into the Nation of Islam. Sam Cooke isn't too impressed, telling the activist: I wanna damn party! Civil rights, and the struggle for them, occupy Malcolm X's every waking moment. As the storyline unfolds frailties emerge, not least those of the ill-fated activist. 

Short on dramatic action, heavy on dialogue (King's directorial debut could readily transfer to the stage), One Night in Miami is yet another reminder that oppressive forces continue to exert power in present day America. As the sole surviving member of the celebrated quartet It would be interesting to hear Jim Brown's take on current events.

The jazz interest in One Night in Miami stems from the fact that Terence Blanchard orchestrated the soundtrack and the main piano part is played by Benny Green. 
Russell

1 comment :

Lance said...

Ah the memories! I remember listening to the Clay v Liston fight on the radio in the early hours of the morning - there was no Sky Pay Per View in those days.

I also remember Liston riding a horse in Newcastle. Clay, as Ali also visited Newcastle and South Shields.

I gather the film was based on a stage play of the same name.

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