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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 Saturday May 18

Afternoon

Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar - Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth NE24 3PQ. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free. 'Blyth Battery Goes to War Weekend'.

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am. £2.00.

Sweet & Hot - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield St., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. Jeff Barnhart, Spats Langham, John Hallam, Graham Smith, Anne Barnhart.

Duo workshop: Faye MacCalman & John Pope - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 3:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE.

Jazz

Jamie Mackay - Gallagher & Turner, St Mary's Place, Newcastle NE1 7PQ. 7:00-11:00pm. Free. 'The Late Shows' - guitarist Mackay performing at intervals.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Newcastle City Library, New Bridge Street West, Newcastle NE1 8AX. 7:00-11:00pm. Free. 'The Late Shows' - NMBB performing at intervals.

Paul Taylor - Victoria Tunnel, Ouse Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE1 2BE. Tel: 0191 230 4210. 7:30pm. Tickets: £10.00.

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Everyman Theatre, O'Hanlon St., Spennymoor DL16 6RY. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. cocns., £30.00. family). Programme inc Poppy composed by Jason Holcomb.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £42.0. & £36.50.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Shelly Manne @ The Blackhawk.

Yesterday, as is my oft-time wont, I wandered lonely as a cloud in to South Shields' Market Place. After perusing the stalls I drifted out on a cloud clutching a piece of circular vinyl inside a square, cardboard envelope that had a design of some artistic merit on the front. It also had the words inscribed - "SHELLY MANNE & HIS MEN AT THE BLACK HAWK 1".
You've guessed it - it was a long playing record recorded in 1959 at the Black Hawk in San Francisco and featuring Shelly Manne (dms), Monty Budwig (bs), Victor Feldman (pno), Joe Gordon (tpt) and Richie Kamuca (ten).
A gem! And at only a quid, a bargain into the bargain.
Homeward bound, I took my seat on the Metro and perused the sleeve notes. As I read my jaw dropped and joy was replaced with sadness.
The reason for this change of mood? This was volume 1 and there were 3 other volumes which I didn't have - I'm a stickler for completeness.
The sadness increased when I played the disc. I wallowed in Joe Gordon's trumpet sound; so rich, so full and, even today, so modern. Richie Kamuca - a little bit of Lester Young and a whole lot of Richie. We've posted on Richie before and he is at his best here. Vic Feldman, great piano, Budwig sound and Shelly as good as they ever had on the West Coast.
Then it finished and I was left to dream and wish that I had the other 3 volumes. Would you believe but that, in my dreams, that new recruit to the angelic choir, Chris Connor, whispered in my ear?
"Try Spotify" she said.
You know what? All four volumes are on good old Spotty plus a volume 5!
Thank you Chris.
Lance.
PS: Okay, so maybe I'm romancing a little. I'll come clean and admit that Chris Connor didn't talk to me in my dreams.
PPS: It was Anita O' Day.

3 comments :

Liz said...

So romancing isn't just a vehicle for Mel eh?
Liz

Anonymous said...

Lance, sorry to tell you this, but there are actually 5 volumes of 'At The Blackhawk', all of them great.

Lance said...

There certainly are as I pointed out and I agree they are all great.
I recall seeing this band at Newcastle City Hall with, I think, Russ Freeman on piano instead of Feldman.

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