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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.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Skylark Flies Over The Rainbow

On another site, regular Bebop Spoken Here contributor Liz makes reference to the song "Skylark". As I was bored I looked up the song in the poor man's Britannica - Wikopedia - and came across the following gem. "Skylark" is an American popular song with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Hoagy Carmichael, published in 1942. Mercer said that he struggled for a year after he got the music from Carmichael before he could get the lyrics right. The yearning expressed in the lyrics is Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom Mercer had an affair. You learn something everyday.

5 comments :

Liz said...

how very interesting. Somehow I find that an unlikely pairing, but what do I know!! "Skylark" is one of my all time faves though. I loved Marion Montgomery singing it, she had that earthyness about her, and such facial expressions. Another one of Hoagey's which she did well was..believe it or not, I have forgotten the title, it mentions sweet Orleander...Lance will know it I know!

Liz said...

"Memphis in June", I remembered it as soon as I had sent that last blog...always the way!

Lance said...

Yes, one of the good ones. I love the opening lines;

Memphis in June,
A shady veranda,
Under a sunny blue sky.
Memphis in June,
And Cousin Amanda's
Making a rhubarb pie.."

Magic! I can almost taste the rhubarb pie and smell the sweet oleander.
Surprisingly, it wasn't a Johnny Mercer lyric although he did sing it on record, the words were actually by Paul Francis Webster.

Hoagy also did okay with the previous month - One Morning in May is another gem, words this time by Mitchell Parish.

Anonymous said...

I too had read somewhere that Johnny Mercer was in love with Judy. She was married to David Rose at the time. However he wrote "That Old Black Magic" for her as well, Johnny Mercer that is, and of course she got to sing that one.

Liz said...

Yes, One morning in May, magical stuff...where did they get their inspiration? However I guess the world was young and so were they...'nuff said!

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