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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 Monday May 27

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12:00 - 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Bywell Hall, Bywell, near Stocksfield NE43 7AB. £15.00. (concs. £14.00., child £5.00., £35.00. family). 2:00-4:00pm. A Northumberland County Show (all day) event.

Evening

Ruby Turner - Whitley Bay Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ. Tel: 0844 248 1588. 7:30pm. £28.80. A Mouth of the Tyne event.

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

Monday, May 27, 2019

Gavin Lee: Remembering Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band @ Shotton Colliery Officials Club - May 26

Gavin Lee (clarinet, alto sax); Alf Langthorne (keyboards); Les Crosby (drums)
(Review by Russell)

The other day Shotton Colliery lad Gavin Lee found in the loft an old bass drum that he used to play as a member of the late Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band. This stirred Lee into thinking perhaps it was about time he played a gig on home turf. By accident or design, the gig would follow on from Sunderland's big day out at Wembley - it would take the form of a celebration or a wake...

The television set switched off with tears not yet dry, Lee opened the first of two sets with Who's Sorry Now? Wry smiles all round, there's always next season to look forward to. The amiable Lee set about cheering up his marras, seemingly just about everyone in a packed Officials Club appeared to know the New Century Ragtime Orchestra's reedsman. Here's one from the hit parade, quipped Lee...from the 30s, All of Me

CD Review: Partisans - NIT DE NIT


Phil Robson (guitar), Julian Siegel (tenor and soprano saxophone, bass clarinet), Thaddeus Kelly (bass guitar), Gene Calderazzo (drums). 
(Review by Chris)  

My latest foray into the shadow world of reviewing for Bebop Spoken Here.... rendezvous with the boss at Sage before the big gig (Kamasi Washington, BSH passim). Lance rocks up dispensing CDs to his acolytes... what’s in his oh so stylish plastic carrier bag this time? Well, on the night of the current giant of the tenor (?), what else but three sax led albums  - The Three Tenors”? 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Singin' The Blues

Watching the League One play-off final between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic, which ended in a heartbreaking last-minute goal that gave victory to the Londoners, left me with mixed emotions and, despite which side of the river you are from - Tyne or Wear - it seemed as though we should be united in our grief at the failure of a local team to dunk a team from quite a few rivers south.

In football, it doesn't work like that, irrespective of the fact that a Sunderland win would have brought Newcastle and Sunderland closer to playing moneyspinning derby games the community in the pub set down the demarcation lines - one fan's joy another's sorrow.

CD Review: Beata Pater - Tet

(Review by Ann Alex)

Tracks: Little Sunflower; Lazy Afternoon; I Feel You; Crystal Silence; Old Devil Moon; Invitation; The Contessa: Strays: Ode To Max

Called Tet because there are 9 tunes on the album, 'tet' is the 9th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the symbol for number 9. The singer explains that 'tet' is also symbolic of creativity, a womb for creation. It's Ms Pater's ninth album on which she attempts to push her creativity further than ever  with a selection of jazz standards and tunes by contemporary composers accompanied by an 18 piece ensemble (a doubletet?) without drums, in order to give a looser feel.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Early evening start for CHBB 20th anniversary concert

Hard to believe that the Customs House Big Band has been around for 20 years! To celebrate this milestone a special concert has been arranged for Sunday, June 16. 

As many of the band's early supporters are now 'of a certain age' the starting time has been brought forward to 6:00pm to accommodate all age groups.

The band has during its lifetime included many of the area's top talents within its ranks and, I'm pleased to say, that it still does. Vocalists have included Mia Webb and current favourite Ruth Lambert.

The present leader, Peter Morgan, runs a tight ship (as did his predecessors Tommy Moran and Keith Robinson) that knows how to swing - particularly on a summer's evening.
Lance

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

Giles Strong Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall - May 24.


Giles Strong, Roly Veitch (guitars); Ian Paterson (bass).
(Review by Jerry/ Photos courtesy of Chris Whittle)

As a nod to the Laurel and Hardy connection (we were in the Laurel café), I had wanted to use the headline, “Another Fine Gig”, but for fear that it might be misconstrued as anything other than a compliment, I decided against it. But it was a fine gig, anyway – a mixture of (mostly) standards and a couple of originals, beautifully performed.

The standards were mostly arranged by Giles Strong, for which he received well-deserved applause at the first name-check and the originals held their own amidst familiar names like Kern and Porter as well as less familiar names (to me) such as Dietz and Schwartz, whose gentle, soothing, Alone Together, closed the gig. I had been looking forward to the performance as, although I have seen all three musicians before, I have never seen Ian Paterson on double bass and had never seen the two guitarists other than with vocalists or playing “gypsy-jazz”, Suffice to say, I was not disappointed!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Vote Maine Street Jazzmen! @ Sunniside Social club - May 23


Ray Harley (trumpet); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, soprano sax, vocals); Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Colin Haikney (piano); Tom Darbyshire (double bass); Ian Hetherington (drums)
(Review by Russell)

Bandleader Herbie Hudson continues to fly the Dixieland flag across the Borough of Gateshead. Moving from one venue to another, the Maine Street Jazzmen finally settled on Sunniside Social Club where a loyal audience turns up week in week out. The fact that polling station staff commandeered the band's usual performance space for some election or other didn't act as a deterrent. 

The MSJ set up on the floor of the concert room (next week they'll be back in the lounge) and shortly after half-past eight Hudson set about making the case for casting our vote in favour of JAZZ. The MSJ's manifesto included a promise to play some well-known numbers, share vocals between Hudson and Jim McBriarty and guarantee a good time for all! Rotting tomatoes, eggs and a milkshake or two were at hand...just in case.

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