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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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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.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Blue Light - the Duke Ellington Society UK magazine


The Duke Ellington Society UK printed Cormac's article in the Spring 2019 edition of their house organ - Blue Light - acknowledging BSH as the source of the material.

The DESUK's then editor, Ian Bradley, who has since stepped down, kindly acceded to my request to view the magazine - I was delighted when Vice Chairman/Editorial Consultant Roger Boyes kindly sent me the current one plus the previous issue - Winter  2018.
The magazines are an absolute joy for anyone who is Ellington inclined - is there a jazz fan who isn't?  A super glossy production that reduces fashion magazines such as Vogue to the level of a daily tabloid by comparision. Naturally, the content is 100% Ellington ranging from a 1940, somewhat unusual interview/portrait by Jack Sher, that first appeared in the Detroit Free Press on March 10 of that year, to an in-depth look at Duke's Peer Gynt Suite.

Anna Celenza discusses the initial reactions in both Norway and America to Ellington's, or, as was later revealed, Strayhorn's masterpiece. It was banned for many years in Norway and dismissed in the US by classicists. Ms Celenza gives a description of Ibsen's play that inspired Greig and, not only Ellington, but a group called the Six Brown Brothers who recorded a piece called Peter Gink! There were others but, surprisingly, the writer doesn't write about the actual players on the Ellington recording causing me to wonder if she'd actually listened to it.

Nevertheless, it's an interesting article and essential reading for Ellingtonians (or should that be Dukists?) along with more on the Coventry Cathedral gig (is referring to a concert in a cathedral as a gig sacrilege?)

To find out more about this wonderful organisation click here.
Lance

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