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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.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

CD review. Elaine Binney and The Jazz Rascals

Elaine Binney (vln); Peter Skeen (gtr/vcl); Keith Mills (bs); Jae Brooks (dms). This is the CD from the Durant Hall session in February. 'tis good to hear the music again and enjoy. The Jazz Rascals aren't a band that kicks the door down but, in their own way, they do explore new territory with a mix of jazz standards, original compositions and unusual arrangements done with subtlety and no shortage of panache. Take 5 - wails in 5/4 with some fancy fiddling from the leader and okay contributions from guitar and drums plus solid bass support. Swan Like – an original with vocal by Peter. Autumn Leaves - Elaine states the the theme with an attractive variation by Peter Skeen and a bass solo from Keith before a drum fill then an out of tempo exploration by Elaine before returning to the melody and out. Jokers and Kings - a quirky original with unexpected twists and turns that is somehow catchy. Summertime - another vocal by Peter who manages to escape the stereotyped image of the Gershwin tune. Treaty of Trianon – get the pattern? Standard/original/standard/original. This original starts off with an exploratory opening that gets an almost Romany groove to it – czardas and peasant skirts spring to mind. The Treaty of Trianon was actually a treaty drawn up in Hungary after the First World War. Stormy Weather - Peter back on vocal with an abridged version of the lyric that leads into Elaine's statement of the melody. January Blue - a dreamy post Xmas feel about it before going into a strutting almost Ceilidh-like mode! You Are So Beautiful - just that with an emotive vocal from Peter. Work Song – straight forward swinger. Ain't Misbehavin' – Grappelli mode with violin/drum fours. It's a delightful CD although, to read the back cover a visit to Specsavers is recommended as 20-20 vision plus is need to decipher the track titles! Fortunately, the music makes up for it! Lance.

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