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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.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

CD Review: Neil C. Young Trio - 'El Camino'.

Neil C.Young (gtr); Alan Whitham (bs); Richard Young (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
An album of originals by Neil C.Young - Nutter Strut written by Young, the drummer, is the only exception. The compositions are well within the comfort zone of most of our readers and contain some compelling themes. Strangely, several of them could easily have been written by our own north east guitar heroes Mark Williams and Lloyd Wright!

Young (the guitar) honed his craft with Gary Boyle and later with Fred T. Baker at Birmingham Conservatoire and has since toured Finland and the USA, received a couple of Grammy nominations, played in festivals around the world and reached number 2 in the Indian Album Charts - Neil's been around.
It shows in his playing. Funky, soulful and aware of the Benson, Schofield, Metheny school, Young may still be an under graduate at the BSMS but, not only will he soon be receiving his "diploma", he'll be on the Virtual Faculty alongside the other three!
Young, Richard, on drums does some shifty, nifty, thrifty chunky, funky, monkey drumming that lays it down exactly right. Nothing else would fit. Are the two Youngs brothers I wonder - they certainly belong in the same ballpark? And so does Whitham. Bass players, unless they're virtuosos, always get the short end of the stick but Whitham just shrugs and gets on with it. He knows, like most bass players, that they're indispensable  Unfortunately, club owners and band leaders don't always agree. I remember a club committee man once turning down my request that we add a bass player to the trio. "WTF for? They don't play tunes like proper fiddles!"
The bass player on this CD does. 
Neil C. Young Trio - 'El Camino' hits the streets on November 20.
Lance.

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