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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 Sunday May 26

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 11:30am (street set) & 1:00pm stage set. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Geordie Jazz Man - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 5:30pm. £10.00. Screening of Abbie Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.

Gavin Lee: Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band - Shotton Colliery Officials Club, Shotton Colliery DH6 2JS. 5:30pm.

Blues

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Back to Basics - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15pm. Free. Set lists available, for details Facebook Darlington Jazz Club.

Federica Michisanti’s Trioness - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 260 3246. 8:15pm. £10.00 (£8.00 conc.). JNE.

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

Thursday, February 09, 2012

CD Review: Greg Spero – ‘Acoustic’ blujazz 2011

Chicago pianist Greg Spero’s new recording has moved, in musical terms, a long way from his 2010 recording, Radio over Miles – an electro-homage to his early influences from Radiohead and Miles Davis.
However, this trio album still has the distinctive melodic phrasing and dark harmonic twists of its predecessor.
There’s a long line of great pianists to compare Spero to, but the late Esbjorn Svensson seems the most obvious choice on listening to his output to date. And this despite his worship of fellow Chicagoan Herbie Hancock and a confession to being unaware of EST’s music …….until now that is!
Acoustic sees Greg joined by long time collaborator Makaya McCraven on drums and Matt Ulery on bass in what is a thoughtful, imaginative and wonderfully melodic recording.
All tracks are Spero compositions with the exception of Miles Davis’ Blue in Green.
It’s hard to pick a stand out track as they are all in the top drawer.
The opener Hills bounces along merrily and is instantly memorable. However, it’s the aptly named Flow that begins to demonstrate the extraordinary talent that Spero is, as phrases and runs flow effortlessly from his hands.
Letting it Go is a slow reflective piece with McCraven’s delicate cymbal work and Matt Uley’s full bass tone helping to create a beautiful soundscape which allows ample space for all three instruments to flourish.
Universe however, with its strong and dramatic intro, seems inspired by the creation of our world, the gentle emergence of new life, and the turmoil that our existence can sometimes become. If that’s what was intended, then this trio have certainly pulled it off. If there is to be a top track on this album – this is it.
It’s going to be a long time before this CD drifts into my CD racks from its current, top of the player, position.
It certainly is a truly remarkable recording!
David Gosling.
PS: Late News Flash: As well as Zeffirelli's on April 7,  Spero is lined up to play a Splinter @ The Bridge gig the following evening, April 8. This will be with Adrian Tilbrook on drums and Andy Champion on bass.

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