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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.

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: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Jazz on a Summer's Day @ Everyman Cinema, Newcastle - August 30

(Pic by Russell)
I first saw Jazz on a Summer's Day in 1959. I watched it in Newcastle, although I can't remember the cinema. I watched it again the following day in Sunderland and, once more, the name of the cinema escapes me. However, the film remained in my memory long after The Glenn Miller Story was  forgotten.

Since then I've watched JOASD on VHS, DVD and, after the 21st century came upon us, various clips on YouTube.

But, they all pale into insignificance compared to this latest enhanced version. This was almost like seeing your favourite movie live. The big screen, the sound system, you weren't sitting in a cinema but you were out there in Rhode Island falling in love with Anita O'Day, wishing you could play like Sonny Stitt maybe chatting up one of the girls in the audience with all that, hopefully, kiss proof lipstick.

Jazz on a Summer's Day is as iconic a film in jazz terms as Woodstock or Summer of Soul (which I have yet to see) were/are.

Seeing so many legends on stage in the most famous jazz festival of them all brought goosebumps and I frequently had to restrain myself from applauding the solos - that's how real it all came across.

Of course it wasn't just the music. If it had been filmed purely as a selection of concerts it would still have been an essential for your jazz video shelf  but maybe not one you would go back to too often. But, combine the music with Bert Stern's stunning photography and you get an artform that transcends music, photography, cinematography for something that incorporates all of those contributing factors. 

I found it interesting to see from the close ups how Sonny Stitt practically swallows the mouthpiece whereas Jimmy Giuffre barely touches it - just enough to get a sound. Their contrasting tones reflected by the different embouchures.

Away from the bandstand, the shots of the audience - everyone smoked - the kids running around (maybe one of them was a future star at Newport) the America's Cup yacht race and the hilarious shots of Eli's Chosen Six blowing a boisterous brand of Dixieland in and around the site - at onetime Roswell Rudd was with the band although I don't know if he made this gig.

Louis and Teagarden, Gerry Mulligan, Dinah Washington, Mahalia. Chuck Berry, Big Maybelle (and dig that Eddie Barefield clarinet solo!), Monk, Chico Hamilton, Buck Clayton... If seeing these guys (and gals) didn't get your pulse racing then maybe you should try rockabilly or Buddy Rich's allergy.

A couple of years earlier, Ellington stole the show. One of the numbers the band played that day was Blues to be There. That's how I felt today.

Check out your local Everyman Cinema. Lance

2 comments :

Pamela Young (on F/b) said...

Absolutely wonderful film Anita O’Day was just perfection.

Nickey Garnier (on F/b) said...

A fabulous piece of Jazz history in this absolute gem of a film. A delight to see.

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