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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, November 06, 2009

Empirical @ Gateshead Old Town Hall

Nathaniel Facey (alt), Lewis Wright (vbs), Tom Farmer (bs), Shaney Forbes (dms). The last time I heard Empirical they had Jay Phelps on trumpet which gave the frontline a nice fat sound. Last night – bonfire night – the fireworks were missing. Instead we had a measured quartet with Facey the man in the spotlight. The young man is a good player with an appealing sound and no shortage of inventive powers. However, this concert, ostensibly a tribute to Eric Dolphy, required a bellyful of fire power such as the late altoist possessed in abundance and tonight that wasn't much in evidence. Indeed there were times when the pervading sepulchral atmosphere was reminiscent of an MJQ (Modern Jazz Quartet) concert. This was partly due to the presence of the vibes (also an excellent player by the way) and the almost churchlike setting of the Old Town Hall. Clapping after solos was perfunctory. Not, I hasten to add because of any deficiency in the soloists who also wrote most of the pieces but because, I suspect, a fear amongst the sparse audience that they might be struck by a thunderbolt for showing such irreverance. We should have clapped all the harder because the one thing this gig needed was a thunderbolt. A plus point, just as Liz remarked on how well turned out the Laurie Holloway Trio were, Empirical too were also suited and tied. I liked it. Maybe I'm old school (no maybe about it I hear someone cry) but I'm reminded of an article by Lockjaw Davis some years back. 'Jaws' said, “If I get dressed up and fork out good money for a concert ticket I sure don't want to see some guy on stage wearing a sheet.” Me too 'Jaws'. Lance.
PS: I'm back online. Thank you to those who sent messages of sympathy.

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