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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 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar - Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth NE24 3PQ. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free. 'Blyth Battery Goes to War Weekend'.

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.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

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

Blues

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

Archie Brown & the Young Bucks - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Sue Ferris Quintet - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Philip Clouts Quartet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00 (£7.00 student).

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

Monday, February 11, 2019

CD Review: John Turville - Head First

John Turville (piano); Julian Argüelles (tenor/soprano sax); Robbie Robson (trumpet); Dave Whitford (bass); James Maddren (drums).
(Review by Lance).

Way back in the day, the jazz constabulary of Jazz Journal, Jazz Monthly and other mags would dismiss sessions on Blue Note, Prestige, Contemporary etc. by musicians such as Hank Mobley, Jackie McLean, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods and others as "Just another blowing session". In retrospect, those 'blowing sessions' are now regarded as part of the Holy Grail of modern jazz. 

Had those same jazz cops still been patrolling the beat they certainly wouldn't have accused the Turville Gang of the same crime!
Despite my initial misgivings when it comes to an album of mainly-originals I have to confess that this one totally hits the spot.  It has excitement, lyricism, interesting themes and solos that are logical without being obvious. 

Ironically, my favourite track is the final one - Michel Petrucciani's Beautiful But Why?

My pick of the originals is one that also has local appeal! Seahorses is a turbulent, billowing, free improvisatory blast that recalls 'a stormy sea trip off Seahouses on the wild Northumbrian coast'. I've experienced one of those sea trips out of Seahouses - it made me a landlubber ever since!

Turville rates highly amongst UK pianists and here he's on top form. Argüelles too never misfires - he gets, possibly, the best soprano sound of any of them - ancient or modern. Robson is a new name to me but surely he will soon be recognised as a 'comer'. Whitford and Maddren do what they always do - keep the ship afloat.

The band have a 14 gig tour lined up which began a couple of days ago in Lincoln arriving in Leeds for a workshop on March 8 before heading back down south via Sheffield to Brighton.
Ah well...
Lance.
Available on Whirlwind Recordings - WR4734 from Friday Feb. 22 with an official launch at Pizza Express in Soho on Feb. 25.
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