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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 Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Monday, July 09, 2012

CD Review: Joe Jackson - Duke.

(Review by Lance).
Described as an unconventional salute to Ellington it is certainly that! Nevertheless, it isn't an album to dismiss out of hand irrespective of whether you're in the "Duke who?" camp or the "Was he a DJ who had a cat called Tiddles?" care home. 
This is an intriguing album featuring a host of contemporary rock/pop/jazz musicians discovering the greatest jazz composer of them all.
Isfahan, incredibly, has guitarist Stevie Vai somehow creating the feel of Johnny Hodges - not totally but enough to let us know where he's coming from.
Caravan features Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim in a soaring Farsi vocal over an almost disco rhythm - it works! Is this the setting the itinerant tune has been looking for?
Joe Jackson steps up to the mic along with Christian McBride on bass and violinist Regina Carter for I'm Beginning To See The Light which includes an instrumental interlude - A Train and Cottontail.
Jackson and Carter stay aboard for Mood Indigo along with the strangely named drummer - Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson. This latter guy is also on Rockin' in Rhythm and I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues/Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me with Jackson and R & B diva Sharon Jones delivering soulful vocals. Jackson also works out on I Got It Bad with Sue Hadjopoulos. Perdido sees Lilian Vieira singing the Juan Tizol tune in Portuguese. The Mooche and Black and Tan Fantasy are "enhanced" by tremolo and wah wah effects capturing the feel of Tricky Sam and Bubber with Regina Carter playing Nance-like violin.
The final track, It Don't Mean a Thing, has Jackson sharing the vocal load with Iggy Pop.
It's a strange disc that shouldn't be dismissed out of hand on first listening as I almost did! Believe you me it grows on you. Just discard your pre-conceived idea of Ellingtonia and view it as something new and fresh.
Ellington may be turning in his grave but, if he is, it's to hear it better and I suspect he would "Love it Madly" - at least for the royalties!.
Lance.
Joe Jackson - The Duke released by earMUSIC on July 23 - CD and 12" Vinyl.

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