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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 Sunday May 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar - Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth NE24 3PQ. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free. 'Blyth Battery Goes to War Weekend'.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio (James Harrison, piano).

Blues

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Archie Brown & the Young Bucks - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Sue Ferris Quintet - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Philip Clouts Quartet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00 (£7.00 student).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

CD Review: Kate McGarry - The Subject Tonight is Love

Kate McGarry (vocals); Gary Versace (piano/keys/organ/accordion); Keith Ganz (guitars) + Obed Calvaire (drums on Whiskey); Ron Miles (trumpet on All You Need is Love).
(Review by Lance).
Until this moment in time, to me, Secret Love meant either Doris Day or Carmen McRae. Our girl Zoe Gilby does a very fine version of incorporating the two but now, Kate McGarry gives us another take and it's a good one!
Seven critically acclaimed albums to her name, a Grammy nomination and 4-star reviews in Downbeat, tell us that this is no new kid on the block. A voice that explores the meanings behind the words, that fiddles with the tune, more Carmen than Doris but tonally not close to either. She composes too.
Climb Down/Whiskey You're the Devil, an exploration of her family tree, includes such lines as;
The roads your horses plowed (sic) we have sowed.
They turned to Christ, they turned to drink, they turned to skin and bones.
It's the church or the pub, choose your cages.
Husband Ganz plays guitar and had a hand in the arrangements as well as providing, along with Versace, solid support.
Versace also has many solos that rubber stamps his credentials. Gone With the Wind sees Kate moving into Ella/Anita territory and maybe, just maybe, takes it to an even higher level.
My  Funny Valentine, like Secret Love, pays no homage to past versions and lifts the Rodgers and Hart classic from the Overdone File to the Exciting New File.
What a Difference a Day Made - a great version with Versace on organ. - challenges the 'Divine One's' version. 
The final blast on All You Need is Love is so good that, at first, you wish you hadn't had so long to wait! However, listening again, you realise that this is what it's all building up to. After all, the album is titled, The Subject Tonight is love* and that is a subject every person on the planet knows about!
It's quite a beautiful record and I'm amazed that her name isn't better known on this side of the Atlantic. But, as I've said before, there does seem to be a jazz singer on every block in every corner of the jazz world. 
McGarry has the edge on most, she could work jazz rooms, folk festivals, I think she could slot into either or maybe, given the parochial attitudes of both, neither.
That would be a great loss for both communities.
Lance
^The subject tonight is love
And for tomorrow night as well,
As of a matter of fact
I know of no better topic,
For us to discuss,
Until we die.
(Persian poet & mystic, Hafiz - 14th century)

1 comment :

Patti said...

This sounds wonderful, Lance - I reckon I'll add it to the order list! And those 14thC Persian poets certainly had a way with romantic words!

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