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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.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Stu Collingwood Trio at The Side Café

It's not often Stu Collingwood can find time to fit a jazz gig into his busy schedule, he's more likely to be on the road to Amarillo with Tony Christie or plying his wares on the cabaret circuit so, when the opportunity arose to hear him in a trio setting, it was an event not to be missed.
At The Side, he impressed the listening cognescenti with his seemingly effortless runs and arpeggios as well as some big fat chords that a smaller handed person could only dream about. Encompassing tenths and beyond is no big deal for Stu who at times seemed like a cross between Peterson (Oscar) and Jarrett (Keith)
With him were Tony Abel, who played good bass as well as writing some original material, and drummer Steve Wall who was sound without being intrusive
A mix of originals, jazz classics and standards kept all factions happy.
A tenor player called Martin, I didn't catch his surname, played "Freddie Freeloader" from Miles' "Kind of Blue" album and later gave Duke's "In a Sentimental Mood" a work out. Paul Edis took over on piano and lost nothing by comparision.
Compliments to all.
Among the celebs in the audience was Andy Hudson, former leader of the legendary 'Newcastle Big Band'.
Lance.

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