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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 Monday May 27

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12:00 - 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Bywell Hall, Bywell, near Stocksfield NE43 7AB. £15.00. (concs. £14.00., child £5.00., £35.00. family). 2:00-4:00pm. A Northumberland County Show (all day) event.

Evening

Ruby Turner - Whitley Bay Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ. Tel: 0844 248 1588. 7:30pm. £28.80. A Mouth of the Tyne event.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

CD Review: Mark Lockheart - Ellington in Anticipation.

Mark Lockheart (ten); Finn Peters (alt/fl.); James Allsopp (clts); Emma Smith (vln);Liam Noble (pno); Tom Herbert (bs); Seb Rochford (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This is not your run of the mill chunk of Ellingtonia rather it's an almost contemporary classical delve into the Ducal domain. The arrangements, and the four non Ellington pieces, are all by Lockheart and he shows a rare insight into the art of making someone else's work sound like his own.

It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing belies the title by being in 3/4 time! Yet, in its own gentle way it does have a sort of lilting swing to it helped along by the hypnotic rhythmic pulse of Rochford's drums.
The combination of reeds and violin in the front line make for some rich pastel tones that, I feel, would have become unbalanced by the addition of even one brass instrument.
Overall, it is a delicate, almost fragile, work that comes across almost as a suite in eleven movements rather than eleven individual tracks. The solos blend in with the arrangements so well they are living testimony to Lockheart's ability to emulate Duke and write for the individual rather than the instrument. The results are sometimes quirky but always effective.
Tracks: It Don't Mean a Thing; My Caravan; Come Sunday; Jungle Lady; Take the A Train; Azure; Uptown; Creole Love Call; Beautiful Man; Mood Indigo; Indian Summer.
Lance.

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