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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.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CD Review: Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends 1V

Nils Landgren (bandleader, trombone, vocals); Sharon Dyall (vocals, harmonica); Jonas Knutsson (saxes); Jeanette Kohn (vocals); Eva Kruse (bass); Jessica Pilnas (vocals); Ida Sand (piano, vocals, glockenspiel); Johan Norberg (guitar, kantele)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Santa time is here again and so are the Christmas CDs up for review.  ‘Ugh’ I thought, ‘this will be sentimental tosh’.  But not a bit of it, this is the 4th CD in a series, popular in Germany, offering thoughtful, varied interpretations of Christmas songs, just the thing to play for the family, and not too kitsch at all.
Numbers range from The First Noel; a version of George Michael’s Last Christmas; Ellington’s Come Sunday (beautiful reverent lyrics); Angel’s Carol by classical composer John Rutter; and German carols such as O Helga Natt.  Some are jazz interpretations, such as the bluesy spiritual If Anybody Ask You(Odetta) sung by Sharon Dyall with an introduction on harmonica; The Rutter song is sung in a soprano style by Jeanette Kohn and Ida Sand; Come Sunday features Sharon Dyall, who has a dry-toned jazzy voice, with guitar and trombone; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, my favourite track, is an instrumental with effective bass and trombone; Icicles, an original tune by Johan Norberg, features a lovely tinkling, cool, glockenspiel and, I guess, the kantele, although it’s not an instrument I’m familiar with. So there is some jazz, traditional Christmas songs, hymns such as Gutav Holst’s In The Bleak Midwinter, pop songs, a bit of classical singing, something for everyone, and all performed well, with imaginative interpretations.
Enjoy this CD with your Christmas dinner!
CD Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends 1V available on ACT Label.
Ann Alex  

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