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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.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

On the Outside Festival. Saturday October 10.

Day two...
Saturday dawned, bleary - eyed from being ensconsed the previous evening in one of Tyneside's great pubs to sup a post Festival pint (or three) in the company of musicans performing at the On the Outside Festival. The first set of the afternoon session featured three Europeans; the good humoured pianist Cor Fuhler, Geman Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet) and genial Scot Raymond MacDonald (alto & soprano sax) and one American visitor, the laconic Chad Taylor (drums). The set was just what was needed; one to wake the dead (perhaps not for those nursing hangovers!) Blistering stuff with Mahall in top gear from the off. The following set was, as they say, ''something else''. The delayed appearance at Gateshead Old Town Hall of percussionist Gunter 'Baby' Sommer was well worth the wait. Professor Sommer (he is indeed an academic) gave a stunning performance in two duo settings. First with Marc Ducret then Raymond MacDonald. Sommer, a striking looking character, is a visual treat. He gave a theatrical masterclass. Kansas City swing to avant improv with technique to spare. The theatrical side is straight out of the Han Bennink school of drumming. Guitarist Ducret enjoyed the experience as did reedsman MacDonald. The audience was enthralled. Set three pitted local hero Andy Champion against Americans Rob Brown and Chad Taylor. Alto saxophonist Brown is a formidable player, Taylor likewise, yet our boy Andy got in there and did the business! The final set of the afternoon introduced the unavoidably delayed French double bassist Bruno Chevillon. The Frenchman arrived at the venue straight from the airport having travelled all day (missing a connection along the way!) and I for one had been eagerly anticipating his participation. Chevillon is a long time musical associate of Marc Ducret and it was fitting that they were together on stage during Bruno's first contribution to On the Outside. A five piece gathering (Alan Tomlinson, trombone, Marilyn Crispell, piano and Graeme Wilson, reeds) gave Chevillon the chance to settle in with Tomlinson prominent from the outset. Ducret established the soundscape in tandem with Wilson and Crispell. Chevillon impressed from his first note. He produced a beautiful tone and showed a flawless technique. Russell.

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