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Aubrey Logan: "I chose trombone because trombone just kicks my ass, and I needed to do something that was hard" - (DownBeat June 2019).


2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Thursday May 23



Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.



Elina Duni + Trio FCT - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00.

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The King is Dead - Long Live the King. Alan Barnes and the Liquorice Stick All-Sorts.

It seems as though we are in for a summer of Goodmania with this Corner House session perhaps a taster for next month's re-creation of the King of Swing's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert at the Sage.
Over the years, clarinet players have come and gone yet none, not even my own fav. Artie Shaw, have remained as enduringly popular as BG.
Alan Barnes, whilst better known for his fiery modern alto playing, has absorbed rather than imitated the Goodman style resulting in a suggestion of how Benny may have sounded had he been receptive to the changing times which of course he wasn't.
Apart from his musicianship, since Humph, George Melly and Ronnie Scott went to Birdland, Alan is now the undisputed Jazz Court Jester thus guaranteeing the audience an entertaining evening irrespective of the music!
On vibes, Jim Hart was the perfect foil; his four mallet technique on a par with the past masters of his instrument. Paul Clarvis on drums completed the line-up.
Ask me for a favourite number and I would opt for "My Inspiration" which, paradoxically, didn't emulate from Goodman but from another good man on clarinet; Irving Fazola.
An excellent gig although I think it could have have been even better with a bass even if it meant dispensing with drums.
Meanwhile, down at South Shields, Tina May was paying tribute to Edith Piaf but, in opting for Barnes and Benny, I had No Regrets.

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