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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.

Friday, April 18, 2014

CD Review: Yolanda Duke - Te Llevo Bajo La Piel

Yolanda Duke (vocal); Arturo Sandoval (piano & trumpet); Champian Fulton, Ricky Gonzalez, Sonny Bravo (piano); Ruben Rodriguez, Gerry Madera (bass); Willie-Cuch Be Wictha-Martinez (drums); Jose Madera (timbales); John Rodriguez (bongo, bell, guiro); Luis Quintero (conga, bongo, guiro, bell, timbales); George Delgado (conga); Bobby Portcelli (alto sax, flute); Pete Miranda (baritone sax); Mitch Fruhman, Pete Brainin, Todd Brashore (tenor sax, flute); John Walsh, Kevin Bryan, Pete Nater,Richard Viruet (trumpet); Lewis Kahn, Noah Bless, Reynaldo Jorge, Sam Burtis (Trombone)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Yolanda Duke grew up in New York City and she has performed in venues around the world with the Tito Puente Latin Jazz Orchestra.  She is experienced in singing Latin jazz, merengue, ballads, bossa nova, salsa and bolero, and this is her latest CD.  I’m no expert in those different styles but I know a good CD when I hear it, and this is certainly tops. 
The singing is lively and exuberant and the band is superb.  And that’s saying something as all the tracks are in Spanish, with maybe some Portuguese, and 1 track in Italian, and I don’t speak those languages, yet I still thoroughly enjoyed it all. Sub-titled The Great American Songbook Goes Latino, it helped that there were 6 standards, with the Spanish titles sounding so romantic, for example, Te Llevo Bajo La Piel (I’ve Got You Under My Skin). The other standards are  Misty, What Is This Thing Called Love, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Blue Moon, and Neil Sedaka’s The Hungry Years.  The remaining 5 tracks were songs by Spanish composers. I almost wanted to go back to school to learn the language.  
The band shows split second timing with short musical comments to match the voice, and the solos, on trumpet (a rare appearance by the legendary Sandoval), piano, sax, flute and bursts of percussion, are well executed.  Ms Duke’s voice is wistful and saucy by turns, with cheeky short comments in English at the end of some songs. For instance, I’ve Got You Under My Skin has the bass trotting along with the band, lots of percussion and our singer comments at the end ‘I got you babe.’ The Spanish tune Contigo En La Distancia is slower and quieter with the piano leading.  What Is This Thing Called Love ends with our singer giving a kiss towards the microphone!  And throughout the whole disc the irresistible Latin beat goes on.  Buy this disc for your next party.
The CD was released on April 15 on the Amigos Music Co. Label.  Listen to the lady herself on her website www.yolandaduke.com 
Ann Alex.

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