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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 Sunday May 26

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 11:30am (street set) & 1:00pm stage set. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Geordie Jazz Man - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 5:30pm. £10.00. Screening of Abbie Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.

Gavin Lee: Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band - Shotton Colliery Officials Club, Shotton Colliery DH6 2JS. 5:30pm.

Blues

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Back to Basics - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15pm. Free. Set lists available, for details Facebook Darlington Jazz Club.

Federica Michisanti’s Trioness - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 260 3246. 8:15pm. £10.00 (£8.00 conc.). JNE.

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scots recreate two classics – with strings attached

(Preview by Rob Adams)
Scottish saxophonist Paul Towndrow and trumpeter Ryan Quigley will recreate two historic recordings in concert on Thursday, November 27 when they perform the music from Charlie Parker with Strings and Clifford Brown with Strings at Adelaide’s Auditorium in Glasgow.
Towndrow and Quigley will take the roles of Parker and Brown respectively, accompanied by an eleven piece chamber orchestra and a jazz rhythm section, in a concert that marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of Parker’s first recording session with strings under the guidance of legendary record producer and Verve Records founder Norman Granz on November 30, 1949.
Parker had wanted to record with strings since his friend and fellow bebop pioneer, Dizzy Gillespie’s 1946 recording of four Jerome Kern songs in a similar setting that were subsequently blocked from release by Kern’s estate, and the success of Parker’s first six-track ‘with strings’ album led to another album the following year.
By the time Clifford Brown with Strings followed in 1955, the trumpeter was able to benefit from advances in studio technology. The resulting recording, featuring Brown’s regular touring rhythm section of Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass), Max Roach (drums), augmented by guitarist Barry Galbraith, made the six violins, two violas and cello string ensemble sound larger than its actual size.
The Glasgow concert aims to replicate this enhanced sound and follows Towndrow’s success this summer with his Commonwealth Games project for two big bands, Pro-Am, and recent performances with his organ trio, with the ground-breaking, award-winning horn quartet Brass Jaw and with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
Quigley, who is soon to release his second album as a leader on Whirlwind Recordings, has enhanced his standing as one of Europe’s foremost trumpeters with appearances in Holland’s Metropole Orkest as well as sessions and tours with Quincy Jones, the BBC Big Band, Michel Legrand, Tim Garland, Laurence Cottle, and Vince Mendoza.
“It’s really exciting to be following in such illustrious footsteps as these iconic musicians,” says Towndrow. “It’s also quite daunting but the music they created in these historic sessions and the benchmarks they established are also very inspiring. It’ll be a thrill to stand in front of an orchestra and put our own stamp on these classic tracks.”
Rob Adams.

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