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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.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Phil Mason's New Orleans All Stars @ Saville Exchange

Phil Mason (cnt), Mickey Potts (tmb), Roger Myerscough(bar/clt), Tony Pitt (bjo), Trevor Williams (bs), Laurie Chescoe (dms/wbd), Christine Tyrell (vcl). This was a culture shock! It had been a long time since I'd heard an out and out New Orleans style band - I usually avoid post 1960 trad bands like the plague - and as the strident, unrelenting plonk of the banjo in the opening number cut through me, I began planning my escape route.
However, as my ears became accustomed to the polyphonic sound of the frontline, I accused myself of being a musical snob and said, "Lance - enjoy it!"
I DID enjoy it - it was fun. Nothing mindbending, just good old fashioned foot-tapping fun. Trombone and Baritone were featured on "Sentimental Journey" - both had a big round tone that had the effect of muting the banjo - reminded me of Barnes and Williams albeit not quite Mulligan and Brookmeyer. Having remarked on the banjo, I have to admit that Tony Pitt is no slouch on the damn thing and he had some good solos throughout the gig.
Christine Tyrell sang a few Spiritual type numbers "Thank The Lord" got the hands clapping. "Ma Curly Headed Baby" was a rare choice and later, a suggestion of Country with "Crazy" before finishing off with "Big Butter and Egg Man."
Drummer Chescoe, apart from drumming, played tambourine, danced, thimbled washboard ... all with amazing dexterity.
For me though, the highlight was bassist Williams, playing and singing, "I Would Do Anything For You". Written, I believe, by Claude Hopkins and sung on record by Billy Banks back in the 20's/30's. It is a lovely piece - it made my night. If you don't know the tune - check it out on Spotify; Braff and Sutton is recommended.
Lance.

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