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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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

CD Review: Grace Kelly - Live At Scullers


Grace Kelly (vocal, saxophones); Jason Palmer (trumpet); Pete McCann (guitars, ukulele);  Zach Brown (bass); Mark Walker (drums); Eric Law (Cello); Jaime Woods, Chantale Sterling (backing vocals).
(Review by Ann Alex).
No, not that Grace Kelly, this is a 19 year old singer and sax player giving a live performance from her ‘home’ jazz club in Boston USA, where she’s been known since the age of 6.  The songs and instrumentals were all composed by Ms Kelly except for the two jazz standards on the CD, The Way You Look Tonight, and the ubiquitous Summertime, though the latter is an instrumental, (please note Lance!) so not sung by yet another woman singer.  
I found the mixture of styles a bit disconcerting.  The first 6 tracks are mainly jazz, then there is a sudden switch to a country song, Kiss Away Your Tears, followed by a song (Falling) introduced by reggae style guitar, with  the audience singing along.  Track 9 is back to jazz, and the final track Summertime is funk with a heavily rocky guitar.  These tracks are good individually but they sound a bit odd on the same CD.
Ms Kelly is a gifted sax player and she sings sweetly in the modern style of many young singers.  This is hard to describe, a sort of musical hiccup on some of the words, which I find appealing.  (The same sort of sound occurs in the choruses of some sea shanties).  Outstanding tracks include the opener Please Don’t Box Me In, which has a relaxing easy sound which builds to a sort of Baroque style chorale between trumpet and sax, then a climax from the whole band.  Eggshells is lyrically interesting with its repeated mantra of ‘I’m tired of dancing over eggshells’. Ready, Set, Stay is an amusing song about spending the day at home with your boyfriend instead of going to work, and the track includes a pleasing 1920’style cello solo.  This disc won’t qualify as my CD of the year, but it is nevertheless pleasant listening.
The CD is released by Pazz Productions LLC
Ann Alex 

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