Track of the week: 'Moonray' by James Hudson

New track of the week is from singer James Hudson (above) and his new effortlessly swinging version of the Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison classic 'Moonray' first issued in 1939. The song has been covered down the years by Shaw himself …

Published: 31 Jan 2024. Updated: 27 days.

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New track of the week is from singer James Hudson (above) and his new effortlessly swinging version of the Artie Shaw, Arthur Quenzer, Paul Madison classic 'Moonray' first issued in 1939.

The song has been covered down the years by Shaw himself with Helen Forrest and by Ella Fitzgerald, Dakota Staton and Claire Martin among many others. If you are into singers like Anthony Strong or Alexander Stewart you will be right at home with Hudson's approach and his terrific treatment of the standard has a fine, vibes, horns and rhythm section arrangement by saxist Tom Smith. It's the title track of his new album to be released in March.

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Seb Rochford, Zoe Rahman and Tom Ollendorff among the line-up for the Brilliant Corners festival

Here's the line-up for the annual Brilliant Corners festival in Belfast: Fri 1st March – Jasmine Myra and Band – Black Box, 8pm Sat 2nd March – Ulster Jazz Youth Orchestra – Black Box, 2pm Sat 2nd March – Luke Bacchus Quartet – Black Box, 8pm Sun …

Published: 31 Jan 2024. Updated: 2 days.

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Here's the line-up for the annual Brilliant Corners festival in Belfast:

Fri 1st March – Jasmine Myra and Band – Black Box, 8pm

Sat 2nd March – Ulster Jazz Youth Orchestra – Black Box, 2pm

Sat 2nd March – Luke Bacchus Quartet – Black Box, 8pm

Sun 3rd March – Tom Ollendorff Trio With Aaron Parks – Black Box, 2pm

Sun 3rd March – Stephen Davis’ ‘Gleaming World Unit’ – Black Box, 7.30pm

Tue 5th March – Niblock, Butcher, Sanders – Black Box, 7.30pm

Wed 6th March – Seb Rochford & Zoe Rahman: A Short Diary – Black Box, 7.30pm

Thu 7th March – Christy Doran, Ronan Guilfoyle, Gerry Hemingway – Accidental Theatre, 8pm

Fri 8th March – AKU! – Black Box, 8pm

Sat 9th March – John Donegan – The Irish Sextet – Black Box, 2pm

Sat 9th March – NOUT – Black Box, 8pm

The festival website is here. If you're quick you can get a full festival ticket for a bargain £45 that allows entry to all 11 gigs. Seb Rochford pictured, above