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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, October 09, 2012

CD Review Jacqui Sutton, Notes From The Frontier, A Musical Journey


Jacqui Sutton (vocals, producer and musical director); Paul Chester (banjo, guitars); Anthony Sapp (basses); Ilya Janos (percussion); Eddie Lewis (trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet); Henry Darragh (keyboards, trombone, melodeon); Lyndon Hughes (drums, background vocals); Cindy Scott (background vocals) Aralee Dorough (flute); Bob Chadwick (Irish flute).
(Review by Ann Alex).

How is a new musical genre created?  I guess it evolves gradually from the work of many musicians over a period of time.  Then there comes a day when they realise that they have something different from what has gone before, so it gets a label such as ‘bluegrass’ or, say, ‘western swing’.  I ask because this CD claims to be something new called ‘frontier jazz’, which is said to be a mixture of jazz, bluegrass, classical, musical theatre and folk music.  The mixture didn't work for me, but others may like it.  I heard too many disparate sounds, with vocals which didn't always match the meaning of the song lyrics.  This was a pity because Ms Sutton has a lovely voice, and the musicians are skilled with effective solos on some of the tracks.  It’s not really a jazz CD, but rather nearer to a country music feel.  The songs themselves were well worth singing.
The more acceptable tracks were Dear Friend, a sad song from musical theatre about being stood up, with an ethereal effect from the synthesizer; Weary Angel, a jazzy spiritual with good banjo and trumpet work and all the musicians playing in a final jam; Hummingbird, which incorporates Brubeck's Blue Rondo a la Turk riff into the accompaniment is an interesting experiment that may or may not have come off; Blue Mountain, a straightforward country song;  and the final track, Better Than Anything, a witty song listing everything that is not better than falling in love, which included nifty jazz piano and guitar solos.  Many of the other eight tracks worked instrumentally but the singer sometimes lapsed into singing in a soprano voice which didn't, at least to my ears, sound quite right.
I believe the CD was released in early October in the United States, Catalogue number TBTP002.
Ann Alex.

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