Rest In Peace Detroit Jazz Drummer Bobby Battle (1944 - 2019) Whose Legacy Includes His Work with Arthur Blythe and Don Pullen

Posted by Billyjam, December 6, 2019 10:58pm | Post a Comment
  1980 Berlin Jazz Festival performance by Arthur Blythe Quartet with Bob Stewart (tuba), Abdul Wadud (cello) and Bobby Battle (who died today) on drums.

75 year old Detroit jazz musician Bobby Battle, known to many jazz fans as the longtime drummer with Arthur Blythe and frequent collaborator of Don Pullen's, passed away from heart failure today, as confirmed to the Amoeblog by his daughter Eboness Battle. Born on January 8th, 1944 Battle passed away at midday in Detroit’s Sinai-Grace Hospital where he’d been recuperating from surgery since last week. 

An ever active recording and performing jazz artist in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Battle had retired in the last decade. He leaves behind a rich legacy that includes his extensive work with Arthur Blythe spanning two decades.  As well as his collaborations with Blythe and Pullen the hard working drummer’s career also included recording and performing with numerous other artists dating back to his formative years in the 60's when he relocated from Michigan to New York City to soon after play with Pharoah Sanders and Roland Kirk. The numerous other artists he worked alongside during his career included Charles Mingus, Sun Ra and Sarah Vaughan. Battle's diverse career also included working with such non jazz artists as Brook Benton and The Mighty Sparrow.

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Noir City Xmas, December 18

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 6, 2019 06:00pm | Post a Comment

La Otra

Join the Film Noir Foundation on Wednesday, December 18, 7:30pm at San Francisco's Castro La OtraTheatre for the annual Noir City Xmas. It will be a special evening of yule cruelty with a presentation of the dark Mexican holiday classic, La Otra (1946). The entire schedule for NOIR CITY INTERNATIONAL II, a program of noir from around the globe coming January 24-February 2, 2020, will also be revealed that night. Both events will be hosted by Eddie Muller, the Film Noir Foundation’s founder and president, as well as the host of TCM’s Noir Alley.

Dolores del Rio, one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, stars in the noir-laden thriller La Otra as identical twins: Maria, a manicurist who lives in near-poverty, and her sister Magdalena, who married the wealthy man Maria once loved. When the estranged sisters reunite at the funeral of Magdalena's husband, Maria can't help but imagine how different life would be if she could only trade places with her sister. Uh-oh. Take a guess where this is headed. Co-starring Jose Baviera, Agustin Irusta, and Victor Junco, with extraordinary cinematography by the great Alex Phillips. Del Rio enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood during the 1920s and 1930s before she returned to her native Mexico in the 1940s to claim her place as one of the nation's most renowned stars. La Otra is the first feature made under her own production banner, Mercurio. The film was also the initial collaboration between director Roberto Gavaldon and writer-activist Jose Revueltas, who would make eleven more films together becoming arguably the preeminent filmmaking team in Mexico.

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