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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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CD Review - Louis Durra Trio: Rocket Science

Louis Durra (pno); Ryan McGillicuddy or Larry Steen (2 tracks) Bs); Jerry Kalaf (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Unlike most piano trio CDs reviewed recently Durra doesn't indulge in angular flights of fancy preferring instead to plough a broad linear path through some fertile sixties pop songs.
Durra had been on the California jazz scene for some 30 years before his career took a sudden upwards turn. A residency in a Los Angeles bar-restaurant allowed him to develop his own take on the traditional trio format incorporating songs by Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Radiohead alongside original compositions as well as, of course, the Gasbook.
His début album, The Best of All Possible Worlds became an overnight success on College Radio and ultimately led to international tours that twice took in Edinburgh's Jazz Bar where The Scotsman described him as "...a master of destruction and reinvention" - praise indeed (I think!)
Titles on this CD include Back in the USSR and In My Life (Lennon/McCartney; Living For The City (Stevie Wonder); One Love (Bob Marley); Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall).
Drums don't swing but I realise they weren't intended to do. They do, however, provide a an important voice as of course does the bass player(s).
This isn't a CD that knocks you out at first listening but, gradually, it creeps up on you and probably will get played more often than those that hit you with a bang and then, over time, become a whimper!
Louis Durra: Rocket Science. CD1201 - Listen.
Lance.

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