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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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Harley's Street's Ahead

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Barrie Ascroft (pno), Mick Danby (bs), Eric Stutt (dms) + HARLEY JOHNSON.
Harley kicked for home tonight with as good a trio set as I've heard since he first arrived at the Chilli earlier this year.
Ably aided and abetted by Eric and Mick, the 'precocious pianist', to quote Dave, laid down a benchmark that will be very difficult to follow in the years to come.
Tonight he cut the umbilical c(h)ord that tied him to Monk and, instead, dipped his toe into the Gasbook - in his own inimitable manner.
"You and the Night and the Music" opened the set with an explosive keyboard flourish that soon settled into a comfortable groove and the small, mainly attentive, audience knew it was in for a treat. "Some Day My Prince Will Come" ranged from moments of probing, ethereal, beauty to triple forté grandioso passages.
"Milestones", despite some confusion early on nevertheless came through in the end. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" had the opening melody played on bass by Mick Danby making for an unusual version that worked. "Love For Sale" swung with an almost Peterson-like ferocity and the final "Blue Monk" was like no other "Blue Monk" I've ever heard. Harley knocked 7 shades out of a tune he knows backwards and at times plays backwards. This was Galaxy Grabbing!
The interplay with Eric was semi-telepathic and they gelled. Eric is a very underrated drummer and tonight everything fell into place.
Likewise Mick Danby - he did the business and did it good. Tonight was, and I use the term advisedly - a Milestone.
Earlier Eric and Mick along with Dave and Barrie played a sound opening set, Nice to hear Dave playing more open horn these days.
Good that Norman is back after surgery and congrats to Chris Finch on winning the raffle - pick up the CD next time.
Lance.

1 comment :

cptfinch said...

Really dissapointed that I had to leave early, missing Harley's set.
Winning the CD is a good consolation though :)

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