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Re: “Cinema Clips: Born to Be Blue

No documentary. Rather insulting to the real people and real story of his come back.
Read 'Chet Baker: The Missing Years' if you want the true characters, motivation and friends who helped Chet through the most difficult of challenges for a trumpeter to surmount.
After listening to Chet for years, both Singing and speaking voice, Hawke doesn't come close to the nuance of Chet's sound. He certainly doesn't capture his personality. Hawke plays it more like a coke addict rather a heroin addict. Too frenetic and cocky. Chet was pretty mellow. There's a whole lot more to the story of his addiction as well.
This movie was glossy and what Hollywood and the non musician would think a trumpeter would do if lost the ability to play. That was so ridiculous and over the top. The bleeding mouth bathtub scene with the blood coming out of the bell, the scenes playing on a cliff, running on the beach with the trumpet, laying on a park bench playing to the sky...all so silly. Chet didn't do that nor would any horn player. Not to mention the countless people this fictional character, Jane was rolled into. What in the world?? I'm sure Chet's wife, Carol hates this movie.
It was just such a bad script and movie. Hawke plays it like Hawke playing Chet over-acting his usually Oscar hunting performance. Musician movies often get it wrong. This one was on another level of bad.
Sorry Chet. They should have told your real story.…

Posted by TF on 05/01/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Media Watch

Every song that Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra sang are Jazz tunes.
These are two of the most popular and highest selling entertainers of all time. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't like them. They took Jazz and made it mainstream. Jazz is more popular than anyone gives it credit for. I made a career out of it. Just sayin.'

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Posted by TF on 11/05/2015 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Inaugural Tucson Jazz Festival Coming in January 2015

Thank you TW for removing the nasty personal comments. The community will benefit greatly from open constructive discussion. Frank, but constructive.
The perfect person to lead this endeavor IS Yvonne Ervin. There is no one more connected to this Jazz community that will be a diplomat among a very factioned scene. She is fair, has great vision, has led other orgs including TJS, knows what jazz truly is, her fund raising skills and organization is unparalleled and she loves Tucson. I can't think of anyone who would be better and has more credibility. This will be great for everyone who plays, promotes, listens to and loves jazz not just for Tucson but for the music and the country! The possibilities for Tucson from this fest are endless but let's stay positive and keep it real. If we have a "Jazz" festival, let's keep it REAL Jazz. 'Nuff said.
But as far as what others say that is negative and personal. To each his own. We'll let our results do the talking. I'll let the full rooms at our jams downtown decide, not do nothing know nothings that comment behind fake names. Maybe show up to something instead of condemn. Are you really that jealous of success? If you really have so much to say why do it behind a fake name? Stand up for what you believe. Anyone concerned enough with this story who reads it will know exactly who I am from just my initials because I am involved and care about the community. You nasty people who took personal shots...I doubt anyone would know who you are even if you used your real names. I'd rather be trashed by an ignorant few than completely unknown and not contributing in any way.
What's the take-away? Thanks TW, Yvonne rocks, this fest will be one of Tucson's greatest successes and TF stands for Tony Frank. Peace!

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Posted by TF on 05/23/2014 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Inaugural Tucson Jazz Festival Coming in January 2015

Thank you Dex. So kind of you. Nice anonymous post.

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Posted by TF on 05/22/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Inaugural Tucson Jazz Festival Coming in January 2015

Keep the music legit Jazz, not pop, rock, smooth or anything that isn't Jazz music. The New Orleans Jazz Festival has very little to do with actual Jazz anymore as they have sold out to corporations and pop music. Some of those names you list RAT don't even play Jazz. The local scene is important to keep in the discussion as it is flourishing and LEGIT Jazz. This festival should look very closely at what they do in Detroit for North America's largest Jazz fest. Everyone that plays there is true jazz and they don't sell out to pop music. Attended in the 100s of thousands.

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Posted by TF on 05/21/2014 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Inaugural Tucson Jazz Festival Coming in January 2015

There is a thriving, vibrant, legit Jazz scene every week downtown. It didn't just pop up this week!! Elliott's On Congress is coming up on two years of Tucson's BEST Jazz jam every Monday. Unplugged Tucson might be the best venue for the listener as it is intimate, great import wines and NO TVs! They have Jazz every Thursday. Miss Saigon Downtown - MSDT is the ONLY place in town with Jazz past midnight...the ONLY place!! Fridays 10:30 to 1am!
Your Jazz scene is alive, well, growing and swinging! It's downtown and has been for a while!! Get out and support it so we can make Congress street explode in January for The Tucson Jazz Festival!

9 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by TF on 05/21/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Inaugural Tucson Jazz Festival Coming in January 2015

There is a vibrant scene downtown already that has been created by some hard working musicians with no money or corporate help behind them.

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Posted by TF on 05/21/2014 at 3:45 PM

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