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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 Monday May 27

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12:00 - 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Bywell Hall, Bywell, near Stocksfield NE43 7AB. £15.00. (concs. £14.00., child £5.00., £35.00. family). 2:00-4:00pm. A Northumberland County Show (all day) event.

Evening

Ruby Turner - Whitley Bay Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ. Tel: 0844 248 1588. 7:30pm. £28.80. A Mouth of the Tyne event.

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

Saturday, December 15, 2012

CD Review: Roos Jonker ‘Mmmmm’

Roos Jonker (vocal, beats?, other instruments); Rory Ronde (guitar); Benjamin Herman (sax).
(Review by Ann Alex).
This is a delightful debut album, heavily jazz-influenced, but with many other elements from hip hop, pop, and genres which probably don’t yet have a name.  This singer, who studied at the Jazz Department of Amsterdam Conservatory, wrote and arranged all the songs, which include very individual love songs with strong hooks to aid the memory (quote: ‘Will you be there, still there when I fall’); songs with countryside images; a song about dealing with sadness (Shoes and Booze).  The feel of the album is light, fresh and airy, a sweet gentle easy-listening voice, with very interesting skilled musicianship.
For example, Hangover has the voice double tracked, with a steady, strong drumbeat and the sax playing start/stop tricks.  Still There has a hip hop style drum, then on Man in the Middle, the drum rumbles along to a catchy song.  The title track Mmmmm involves (as expected) lots of humming and a lazy-sounding  sax, and Play the Guitar, a song about thinking of memories late at night, features an effective guitar solo.  New Dress verges on free jazz with all instruments playing in a surreal free-for-all. Me and You is a standard jazz track, and the album rounds off with a lyrical, Chopin-like piano and sax instrumental, one of those tunes which is moving for reasons that are beyond explanation
I think this would be a good CD to give to younger people who say they don’t like jazz, as a gentle introduction, as there are enough aspects to get their attention without pushing the jazz message too hard.  The album was released in the UK on 12th November on Discovery Records.
Learn more at www.roosjonker.com.
Ann Alex   

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