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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 Thursday May 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Elina Duni + Trio FCT - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00.

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

CD Review: Patrice Jégou - If it Ain't Love

Patrice Jégou (vocals); Take 6 (vocal group); Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
(Review by Lance).

The blurb proclaims "Stunning vocalist Patrice Jégou presents a veritable garden of delights on her second album If It Ain't Love."

Well, they would, wouldn't they? And, by and large, it's true. The problem is - if indeed there is a problem - the number of stunning vocalists is increasing daily. Even here in the backwater that is the northeast (or so they would have us believe), there are more than enough vocalists to challenge the world. Multiply that by every major city in all the jazz countries of the world and you realise how tough it is for emerging artists.

Jégou is as good as most and better than many. The tracks with vocal backing by Take 6 are a reminder of how effective such settings are. Meltones, Freshmen, Hi-Lo's, Double Six, Modernaires etc. proved this many years back and Jégou and Take 6 uphold the tradition admirably. The tracks with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra tell us the singer is equally at home with a big band whilst Estate, sung in French has some fine guitar playing by our old friend Larry Koonse.

To quote once more from the blurb: "Her sumptuous, velvety, and technically flawless voice embraces you like a warm blanket on a cold night". Damn! Why didn't I think of that? 

Patrice is a swinger - listen to Lover Come Back to me - but she's also a sentimentalist as her take on Waltz For Debby, Losing You and others prove.

A veritable garden of delights indeed.
More info.
Lance.
Available March 22 - usual outlets.

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