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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

CD Review - Sergio Mendes - Warner's Original Album Series.

Another of Warner's highly acclaimed Original Album Series - this time it's 5 albums in one package from Brazilian pianist Sergio Mendes.
The Swinger From Rio/ In Person at El Matador!/The Great Arrival/The Best of Brazil/Sergio Mendes' Favourite Things.
Difficult to know what to write about these. They're so brilliantly done, so tasteful, so well played and arranged - perfect is the word that came to mind and yet...
...Imagine someone gives you a box of chocolates and you pick one out and it's a coffee cream. Yummy! So you have another and it too is a coffee cream and so it goes on - they're all coffee creams. By the end of the box you never want to taste another coffee cream ever!
In other words, these are albums to dip into, play at a party or at a corporate as background music (muzak?) that won't offend or intrude and, if you hit lucky, as eine klein nachtmusik!
Don't blame it on the Bossa Nova and there are redeeming features in the form of Hubert Laws (flute), Phil Woods (alto), Art Farmer (flugel) who lift things to beyond the bland...
Lance.
Released November 21, 2011.

1 comment :

Liz said...

reading about Sergio Mendes brings to mind the time I went to see Frank Sinatra at the Royal Albert Hall. We were all seated, excitement in the air, an absolutly electric atmosphere...Sergio was on first, giving us a taste of his particular style of music, but oh dear...all we wanted was Frank..and I am ashamed to say that poor Sergio was never really appreciated that night!
Liz

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