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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, July 05, 2014

CD Review: Joe LoCascio & Woody Witt - Absinthe. The Music of Billy Strayhorn

Joe LoCascio (pno); Woody Witt (ten/alt/sop).
(Review by Lance).
CDs land on my doormat in such profusion these days that I can no longer guarantee to find the time to listen let alone blog all of them which means I have to use my sometimes flawed judgement as to what is worthy of recommendation for our readers. So if you've sent me a disc and it's "missed the cut" my apologies.
However, no need to apologise for this piano/sax duo album - it's a "pippin" (Which song did I pick that line from I wonder?)
Joe LoCascio and Woody Witt are faculty members of the University of Houston, Texas which goes some way to explaining why they aren't household names in Newcastle, England! This album should help remedy that.
A choice selection of tunes by Ellington's alter ego enables both men to immerse themselves in the harmonic luxury of the material - individuality without irreverence. Witt nods to Johnny Hodges on My Little Brown Book and on Charpoy, recorded by Ellington on the album And His Mother Called Him Bill, Witt's tenor reminds me a little of Harold Ashby. There's also superb soprano on A Flower is a Lovesome Thing and of course LoCacio is behind him throughout feeding the chords, the complementary l
ines and emerging to shine in his own right.
Raincheck is a swinger. Even without bass and drums it seduces the toes before reaching your heart via your soul. Witt blows tenor on this one. An extended cadenza on the same horn brings us into the melancholy portrait of Chelsea Bridge. Lotus Blossom is as beautiful as the name implies and Isfahan brings Hodges to mind once more. Some ethereal exploration under the influence of Absinthe before the disc culminates with a Daydream with the piano in the foreground for some tranquil meditations.
Available now on Blue Bamboo Music..
Lance.

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