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

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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

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

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

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

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

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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