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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 20

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

CD Review: Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas.

It's not even December but, already, Santa has jetted out of JFK (don't be doing with that Reindeer/Lapland jazz) with a planeload of his favourite tunes. A selection came down my chimney today. Unfortunately the fire wasn't lit.
Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas - Tim Warfield (ten/sop); Terell Stafford (tpt); Stefon Harris (vbs); Cyrus Chestnut (pno); Rodney Whitaker (bs); Clarence Penn (dms); Daniel Sadownick (perc.) Ned Podgurski (pno some tracks); Joanna Pascale, Jamie Davis (vcl)
(Review by Lance)
To get the picture, imagine a corporate outfit hiring a band of jazzmen for the annual grope.
Seasonal tunes played within the bounds of respectability. The bosses and the secretaries stepping outside the bounds of respectability and a good time being had by all. Musically you can't knock it - a gig is a gig and if you've got to play Xmas lift music at least do it well.
These guys do do it well. The soloists don't stray too far away, there are no sounds of surprise but they do manage to blow the jazz inoffensively and swing like crazy with a modicum of creativity. Ideal Xmas Eve music after the kids have gone to bed or Xmas Day when the neighbours and the in-laws are hanging around. Who knows but, if you're on your own, the merry widow from two doors down across the street might be susceptible to your charms and this disc could help convince her that Santa Claus has indeed come to town - Ho Ho Ho - well, if reindeer really can fly...
Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas is available on Undaunted Music and hits the streets on November 26.
Lance.

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