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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.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Ann Alex @ Cheltenham Jazz Festival: May 2 – Sort Of

A good thing about spending more time at home is that you get the chance to see and hear more television and radio than usual, hence the Bank Holiday found me listening to 2 hours of items from last weekend’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival, with Jamie Cullum on Radio 2.  His choice of records tended towards the jazz/funk end of the spectrum, and he did interviews with Corrine Baillie Rae and Darius Brubeck. Ms Baillie Rae gave a lively, pleasant interview in an attractive speaking voice, so why was I disappointed when she sang Stop Where You Are from her latest album?  It was because her singing voice sounded unnaturally forced, in a strange restrained tone.  Why do singers do this?  I think she was trying to sound like certain pop singers, and it didn’t work.  Perhaps I shouldn’t criticise other women singers, but really!  She was far more relaxed for her duet with Cullum, Put Your Records On.
Darius Brubeck was quite a different kettle of fish, not so much to say for himself, but excellent music:  Brubeck on piano of course, with Dave O’Higgins on sax, for Before It’s Too Late; then Brubeck with Jamie Cullum singing Body And Soul. Records played included Dave Brubeck’s Take Five (the drumming never fails to entice the listener, and you hear new rhythms each time you listen); Nina Simone’s  I’ll Put A Spell On You; Herbie Hancock from 1978 I Thought It Was You; Ian Shaw Come Fly With Me; Gregory Porter Don’t Lose Your Head Of Steam. And most interestingly, David Bowie, from his Blackstar album, performing with New York jazz musicians, I Can’t Give everything Away, including the prophetic lyrics, ‘skull designs upon my shoes’.
Also recommended on TV are the current Friday evening programmes of Young Musician 2016.  The percussion 2 weeks ago was great fun, some youngsters playing multiple varied drums and vibes.  Last week was brass, trombones, French horns and trumpets, including a trombonist who was shown playing Take the  A Train with Ashby big band. This Friday it’s the strings – maybe some gypsy jazz will come up among the violin sonatas.
Ann Alex

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