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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.

Monday, May 13, 2019

RIP Doris Day

Saddest of news - just heard that Doris Day died earlier today aged 97. 

Film star and singer, she touched on the jazz scene with Les Brown and his band of Renown in the 1940s and, years later, in 1961, recorded an excellent duo album with Andre Previn. 

My first schoolboy crush she remained in my heart forever. Favourite film? Love me or Leave me. Favourite record? All of them but My One and Only Love from the Previn album is exceptional.
Sadly missed.
Love always
Lance.
Obituary.

6 comments :

Ron Hampton (on F/b) said...

Remember her for Secret Love.

Lance said...

Remember her for Ten Cents a Dance. No doubt the media will focus on the lightweight movies with Rock Hudson but it was her early films from It's Magic (Romance on the High Seas) up to Love Me Or Leave Me/Calamity Jane that really stamped her as a class act. Young at Heart with Sinatra, Lullaby of Broadway w. Gene Nelson who could out-hoof most hoofers of the time.
Storm Warning which was the first time Hollywood had brought the attention of picturegoers to the existence of the KKK.
In Lullaby of Broadway, she sang You're Getting to be a Habit With Me - she most certainly did

Patti said...

I was reminded tonight about her long and close friendship with Rock Hudson - and Doris came out in full support of Rock when he opened up to the media about his Aids. As for the recordings, I have a bit of a thing for 'Secret Love' ....... then going back a few years, I can remember seeing Calamity Jane with my parents at the Luxor Cinema in Lancing - and Doris in her buckskins belting out 'The Deadwood Stage'.

Alan Smith said...

So sad.
I also agree that 'Love Me Or Leave Me' was her best film,
and I was surprised that her Jazz singing was so good.
RIP Doris.

Andy Hud said...

The Segue "I've just blew in from the Windy City" following the Segue of "Deadwood Stage" and "Introducing Henry Miller" is one of the ultimate one-take wonders of early filming. They sang acted and danced the whole sequence as one. Extreme Respect!

Liz said...

well, as my fave ballad is "My one & only love" this has to be my choice, so I will second that Lance...DD was my idol as a teenager, we all wanted to look like Doris Day RIP.

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