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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, December 30, 2013

Best Jazz Read of the Year: McPartland v Burton

Any of our readers who follow "The Sport of Kings" as well as the Music of Kings (and Dukes, Counts Earls and other nobility) will know the feeling. Your horse is ten lengths clear going into the final furlong and already you're visualising how to spend the untold riches that your 50p stake has brought you until, suddenly, from out of nowhere a bay gelding bursts from the pack and is soon neck and neck with your thoroughbred. The winning post draws closer, you close your eyes and...
Well that is how it was for me regarding my Best Jazz Read of the Year. Paul de Barros' biography (written in conjunction with) of Marian McPartland Shall We Play That One Together? was odds on favourite and looked to be running out an easy winner.
It's a great book and one that deserves a place on anyone's jazz bookshelf. However, an unexpected Christmas present brought in a ringer in the form of Learning to Listen: The Jazz journey of Gary Burton. I've yet to finish it but I'm devouring up the furlongs (sorry chapters) and it's anybody's race.
Marian talks candidly about her affair with drummer Joe Morello whilst Burton speaks openly about his agonising search to discover his sexuality before "coming out".
Personal issues aside, they both give revealing insights into musicians they've worked with, and admired or, in some cases, not admired. Burton in particular writes about Shearing, Getz, Davis, Ellington, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton and others - warts and all!
McPartland is possibly kinder, or maybe her biographer made it seem so. Certainly De Barros portrays this graceful lady as not always so graceful.
The winning post is in sight and a photo finish is certain although, on photos, Burton gets the nod.
Lance.
Shall We Play That One Together? Paul de Barros: St. Martin's Press 2012.
Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton. Gary Burton: berklee press 2013.

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