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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.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

André Previn (April 6, 1929 - February 28, 2019)

The passing of André Previn earlier today brought back a flood of memories to me, as it surely must have done to so many others.

On a personal level, his two trio versions of the songs from My Fair Lady - one with Shelly Manne as leader and one under his own name - remain two of the greatest jazz piano albums ever.

His period as guest soloist/conductor for a couple of years with the Northern Sinfonia in the early 1970s held a special place in my mother's heart - she loved orchestral baton wavers. Barbirolli, Beecham, Sargent and Previn were her equivalents of Elvis and The Beatles! The fact that André could do more than wave the baton but also knock out a piano concerto better than most allowed her to turn a blind eye to the fact that he could do the same on a jazz tune.

Then, of course, there was the famous Morecambe and Wise sketch on tv still quoted by many. 

That fantastic number rarely heard now - Like Young.

Sadly missed - a genius who made his mark as jazz pianist, classical pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, Oscar winner, you name it.

RIP André Previn - you were special...
Lance.
Obituary.

3 comments :

Roly said...

Sad to hear this Lance. He was a remarkable musician. My first two jazz albums were Peterson's 'Night Train' and then Previn's 'My Fair Lady'. Not a bad introduction to jazz. Both absolute classics.
Roly

Laurie Brown (on F/b) said...

My favorite piano LP is still Andre Previn Plays! Bought in New York in the fifties it has the best rendition of Aint Misbehavin ever, taking off Fats Waller. On the sleeve, I read that while still in his teens he was conducting and playing for some of the outstanding Hollywood films! RIP!

Liz said...

Now I must get hold of "No Minor Chords" by André as recommended by you, Lance.

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