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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 Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Monday, November 11, 2013

CD Review: Zoe Gilby - Twelve Stories

Zoe Gilby (vcl); Andy Champion (bs); Mark Williams (gtr); Richard Brown (dms); Noel Dennis (tpt).
(Review by Lance).
I hope this review doesn't cause a divorce! With only a few weeks to go I had Andy Champion's ACV album Busk down as my UK Album of the Year now along comes Zoe (Mrs Champion) with Twelve Stories - a contender if ever there was one!
Solution - a vocal category and a small band one!
I've heard Zoe develop her technique over the years from her first album (this is her third), via advice from Sheila Jordan and much experience on the road and across continents, but, much as I love the other two, this one is on a totally higher plane.
The material, much of it consisting of originals by Zoe and Andy, is compelling both lyric and music-wise. This isn't just jazz, well it is but it's also jazz theatre at its best. I've heard the group do several of these songs live but never quite like this. Apart from the originals, It Never Entered my Mind is sung so piercingly poignant that the casual listener could be excused for thinking that this too was a Gilby/Champion composition.
Caravan is a swinger and I loved it yet I did feel that it didn't quite fit with the other tracks. However, out of context, it was still as good a vocal version as I've ever heard and Richard had a great work out..
Zoe's regular quartet are superb in support and solo - listen to Mark and Andy when they take off - but the addition of Noel Dennis on trumpet, to me, is the icing on the cake.
We're not just talking jazz singer/bassist here - we're also talking composer/lyricist - Roll over Beethoven, Tell Lennon and McCartney the News!
 Zoe Gilby - Twelve Stories is available on 33jazz236 from Dec. 1 or before.
Lance. 

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