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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, November 25, 2016

Budtet @ Hoochie Coochie: November 24

Jude Murphy (vocals, alt sax, flute); Fiona Finden (vocals, sop sax); Stu Finden (ten sax); Lin Lee (piano); Jim Crinson (double bass); Eric Stutt (drums) Dave Weisser (cornet on last 2 numbers)
(Review by Ann Alex).
You get good value with this band, 2 singers, Fi for the more tender-hearted songs and Jude for the rockier offerings. Good stomping value, from the first item, The Message, solos all round and 4’s with tenor sax and drums, right through to the final numbers with guest Dave on muted cornet for Yardbird Suite and Take the  A Train. The cornet was never like this in brass bands!  
After the workout of that initial item, Jude began Moanin’, a spirited, dusky version with a bass solo, which totally suited the number. Fi told us that I Fall In Love Too Easily, Eric’s brushwork adding to the mood. Jude’s skilled flute playing came to the fore on Quiet Nights with Fi on vocals and Stu’s tenor sax nicely paraphrasing the flute - aided and abetted by bell-like cymbal sounds from the kit.  Adderley’s (Cannonball or Nat?) Teaneck (a place in New Jersey apparently) was followed by Fi singing All Blues, one of my favourite numbers of the night, which included Jude’s singing through the flute tones (how does she do it? - don't try this at home!) and great solos from piano, tenor sax, with the sax making sea-like sounds at the end. So Tired had the front line horns gyrating well in rhythm.
The dancers were up for the start of the second set, Hank Mobley’s This I Dig Of You, and the band did a full round of solos and 4’s. Then Fi sang her set of words about getting ready for a meeting for International Women’s Day, followed by Jude’s spirited vocals on Steely Dan’s Walk Between The Raindrops. The dancers stopped for Ellington’s Sound Of Love, obviously floored by the slowness of the tune, but they soon resumed for Jude’s Latin version of Days Of Wine And Roses, with her fantastically good scat singing.  And this was where Dave stepped up for Yardbird Suite, which rounded off with a pleasing duet from Fi and Jude. Take the A Train had a full band sound, many dancers, front line solos, and even a woman getting Lance up to dance. A fitting end to a great set.   
Ann Alex

3 comments :

Lance said...

What do you mean? EVEN a woman getting Lance up to dance. Women often get me up to dance but, sadly, they never say 'Who's Taking you Home Tonight?' unless they're driving the 27 bus.
Re your review, I feel you should have mentioned Lin Lee's keyboard playing - impressive.

Jude Murphy (on F/b) said...

Thanks Lance for the dancing!(Barbara - you are quite the catalyst!) and to Ann for the kind words. We had a fab time.

shepherdlass said...

Totally agree about Lin Lee, Lance. She was even more wonderful than usual the other night

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