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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.

Friday, July 07, 2017

CD Review: Paul Skerritt Band

Paul Skerritt (vocals); James Harrison (piano/keys); Anthony Ord (bass); Thomas Chapman (drums) + (on various tracks) Danny Allan, Will Howard, Josh Bentham (sax); Michael Lamb (trumpet); David Gray (trombone)
(Review by Lance).
Paul Skerritt is a 100% vocalist. If a song's worth singing he sings it without cheating. Of course, those who've heard/seen him at gigs or jams know this already. He's Sinatra, Bennett and Bublé it's true, but he's also his own man and very much able to put his stamp on some more newer material. On this compactly packed album, he does just that with Taylor Swift's Shake it Off . It's a hoot, with Harrison playing stride/ragtime piano as if he'd been born in Harlem!
Don't Get Around Much Any More adds Will Howard to the basic trio and, take it from me, if this group was playing you wouldn't have missed the Saturday dance!
Cheek to Cheek: Paul with the trio. A rhapsodic introduction by Harrison before Young Blue Eyes gives it the Ol' Blue Eyes treatment. Magic!
Will Howard returns for Misty. Howard is from Leeds which is akin to saying he's from Manhattan in UK terms. 
Get Lucky brings in Danny Allan. If Taylor Swift was a surprise then Daft Punk is an even bigger one! And yet it works amazingly well!
Sway: Three man horn section with a fiery solo from Lamb.
Bare Necessities is sans horns but the trio provide the kick with Skerritt in good voice and Harrison solos in typical style which translates as fantastic!
Putting on the Ritz has some effective clarinet doodling which, I guess, is Howard. It's a stellar vocal too!
Let the Good Times Roll is the final track (dig Danny Allan!) which is where the CD falls down. After a number like this, you stand up in your bedroom, or wherever you're listening, and yell 'More! More!' but the player clicks off whereas, at a gig, you shout, 'More!, More!, and you get more!
However, with a CD you don't get a hastily busked All of Me but the whole shebang is reprised! The best of both worlds.
Anth Ord and Tom Chapman keep the ship afloat and combine with Harrison and the guest soloists to give Skerritt the support he deserves.
Available at gigs or direct from info@paulskerrittmusic.co.uk. £10 - £1 delivery.
Lance.
PS: Mention this review and delivery is free!

1 comment :

Russell said...

Sounds like a 'must have'CD. Will Howard emerged through the Durham Music Service set-up (Durham County Youth Big Band etc). Will does play clarinet, so, good guess, it's probably him.

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