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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.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CD Review: Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends 1V

Nils Landgren (bandleader, trombone, vocals); Sharon Dyall (vocals, harmonica); Jonas Knutsson (saxes); Jeanette Kohn (vocals); Eva Kruse (bass); Jessica Pilnas (vocals); Ida Sand (piano, vocals, glockenspiel); Johan Norberg (guitar, kantele)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Santa time is here again and so are the Christmas CDs up for review.  ‘Ugh’ I thought, ‘this will be sentimental tosh’.  But not a bit of it, this is the 4th CD in a series, popular in Germany, offering thoughtful, varied interpretations of Christmas songs, just the thing to play for the family, and not too kitsch at all.
Numbers range from The First Noel; a version of George Michael’s Last Christmas; Ellington’s Come Sunday (beautiful reverent lyrics); Angel’s Carol by classical composer John Rutter; and German carols such as O Helga Natt.  Some are jazz interpretations, such as the bluesy spiritual If Anybody Ask You(Odetta) sung by Sharon Dyall with an introduction on harmonica; The Rutter song is sung in a soprano style by Jeanette Kohn and Ida Sand; Come Sunday features Sharon Dyall, who has a dry-toned jazzy voice, with guitar and trombone; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, my favourite track, is an instrumental with effective bass and trombone; Icicles, an original tune by Johan Norberg, features a lovely tinkling, cool, glockenspiel and, I guess, the kantele, although it’s not an instrument I’m familiar with. So there is some jazz, traditional Christmas songs, hymns such as Gutav Holst’s In The Bleak Midwinter, pop songs, a bit of classical singing, something for everyone, and all performed well, with imaginative interpretations.
Enjoy this CD with your Christmas dinner!
CD Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends 1V available on ACT Label.
Ann Alex  

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