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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.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Claudia Morris talks to Bebop Spoken Here about her new show and CD.

(Claudia's replies in bold type.)
BSH: Hi Claudia nice to hear from you again. I loved Twelve O’clock Tales it was so fresh and I still play it which is something I don’t do with too many review CDs.
I'm glad you still play it, that makes me happy!
BSH: You have a background of theatre and singing and now you are combining the two. Tell me about this new project – Secret Love. About Doris Day I guess. My very first schoolboy crush!
I think she had that effect on a lot of boys and men!
BSH: True! Tell me how this project came about.
A few years ago I discovered Doris's voice when a pianist I worked with thought there were similarities vocally between Doris and me. I started listening to her and fell in love with her wonderful voice, I have never tired of it. I then felt compelled to read her biography (which I found fascinating) and watch her movies. I knew I wanted  to tell her colourful  life story and sing her songs. Last year I was also asked by actress Tracy Ann Oberman to sing a Doris Day part in her play for BBC Radio 4. She was so thrilled by my singing of Doris - this was the catalyst I needed to start the project.
BSH: Where did you start? 
I hooked up with writer and director Phil Willmott and asked him to write a play where I would sing Doris's songs and have some actors to play the key men in her life. I wanted to portray her real life story as something in between a musical and a tribute. Also I didn't want to impersonate her, but to be myself. I sought out the wonderful Malcolm Edmonstone as musical director - I knew his work and felt confident that he could capture that wonderful era while making it my own. So you will get a taste of Doris's voice occasionally, but plenty of surprises as well! I feel very lucky to be able to work with such talented musicians and such a great director.
BSH:  I'd like to share a video link with our readers.
Here's a link.
BSH: You must have researched this very deeply. Did you contact the lady herself?
As I said, I read the wonderful biography written by Hotchner in Doris's words.

Lots of movies and 100's of her recordings! I've contacted her management to get permission that's all. I will send her my album 'Secret Love' and hope she likes it....         
BSH: I understand she is quite reclusive these days?
I think at 90 that would be understandable don't you? But actually she's very busy, she dedicated the last twenty years to caring for sick and abandoned animals. Her public life was a life time ago to her, she does shun the spotlight unless absolutely necessary as far as I know.
BSH: Songs, films, Doris was at the top in both genres. Do you place more emphasis on one or the other or do you concentrate on the, lets face it, abusive relationships she had?
The songs play a key role in the play linking to her important relationships, including the abusive ones.
BSH: Did she actually have “A Secret Love”?
You will have to ask the lady herself!
BSH: Her image was always of “The girl next door” is that how it is or do we have to wait for the show to find out?
Her image was so far from the truth, it's sad to think she represented wholesome family values but found it hard to find them in her own life.. all will be revealed in the show!
BSH: What size band will there be in the show?
Piano, double bass and drums the perfect combination and fine musicians!
BSH: You’re taking the show around the country – the nearest we get to it on Tyneside is Consett in County Durham – remind me of the date.
We are touring around the UK, 21 dates in total, starting at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford on 25th September and culminating at the Royal Spa Theatre, Leamington on 29th November - Consett Empire Theatre is on Saturday 13th November. Hope to see you there!!
BSH: Thank you Claudia. Perhaps, if I manage to get there I'll come away with a new (ex) schoolboy crush!
Ha Ha.
BSH: Further details on the show and the album can be found on Claudia Morris’ Website 
Lance.

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