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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 26



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.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 11:30am (street set) & 1:00pm stage set. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Geordie Jazz Man - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 5:30pm. £10.00. Screening of Abbie Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.

Gavin Lee: Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band - Shotton Colliery Officials Club, Shotton Colliery DH6 2JS. 5:30pm.


King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.



Back to Basics - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15pm. Free. Set lists available, for details Facebook Darlington Jazz Club.

Federica Michisanti’s Trioness - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 260 3246. 8:15pm. £10.00 (£8.00 conc.). JNE.

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

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Lighthouse Trio in Hong Kong.13th October 2009

Tim Garland (reeds), Gwylym Simcock (pno), Asaf Sirkis (perc.)
I caught the amazing Lighthouse Trio at the Luxe Hotel in Kowloon last night and can truly say they are the band to see at the moment. Not only do they play exquisitely, but with real passion and a sense of danger - always a must for me in any music - but this was vertiginous danger. Their rapport and ensemble is just so sorted, though they escape catastrophe in one mighty bound every time.
This is a fusion of virtuosic playing and 6th sense sensibilities that can only be heard to be believed. Tim Garland on bass clarinet and B flat saxes, Gwylym Simcock on the hotel’s Yamaha acoustic grand and Asaf Sirkis playing his eclectic array of percussion are musicians of supreme skill and talent of course, but as an ensemble it is hard to think of another which could reach the level of the bar they’ve set.
Much of the material was from their excellent CD “Libra” – an absolute MUST for discriminating music lovers. Tim’s original compositions presented a mix of inspirations, ideas and concepts, and the additional material ranging from a homage to The Beatles’ “Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night” to Miles Davies/Bill Evans’ “Blue in Green,” segueing into the outrageous “Tango,” gives you a clue to the soundscapes created.
The peerless Gwylym Simcock spent quite a while virtually inside the piano using it as an extra percussion kit and vibration chamber to create extraordinary and beautiful complementary sounds, but it was on the keys that he was, simply, stunning. In raging tempests of notes and rhythms, delicate little fragments and crazily soaring lines he extended the composition ideas to the farthest reaches of the imagination. Just when you thought it was out of control, Tim and Asaf joined him seamlessly with unison melodic and rhythmic threads; it was you who’d lost it, not them. Asaf Sirkis is clearly a unique percussionist in this field. The trademark Udu, his wonderful clay pot of a “drum+bass” was absent due to the dangers of transport and the sheer weight of the thing not being welcome on aeroplanes, but it was replaced by the novel Hang Drum, a kind of pentatonic steel pan but with a delicate ring of its own. It featured, exquisitely, in “Old Man Winter,” mesmerising the audience with its ethereal sound.
With such a creative guy in command of a percussion empire, expectations were high of course, but Asaf exceeded them within moments of putting hand and stick to skin and steel; his playing was dazzling, subtle, imaginative and compelling throughout the gig.
The Hong Kong International Jazz Festival has to be congratulated on selecting the Lighthouse Trio as the UK representative, and all credit goes to them for their choice; but surely not even they could have known just what a dazzling jewel they’d discovered. They do now. Fabulous stuff!
Mark Monument.

1 comment :

Lance said...

Thanks Mark. Please feel free to contribute more reviews from around the world! Your descritption of this gig brought back memories of the trio playing a lunchtime concert at Newcastle Uni. earlier this year. Absolutely incredible stuff proving that today's contemporary sounds can still retain a degree of musicality.

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