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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.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Friday Night is Mercer Night (on Radio 2).

Liz, and indeed Valerie and Jimmy Mac, has drawn my attention to Friday's (the 13th) tribute by Radio 2 to Johnny Mercer.
One of the most prolific lyricists - and no mean composer - Mercer's contribution to the Gasbook is without question - as I type I'm listening to Richie Kamuka blowing on "Harlem Butterfly" - just one of his many jazz influenced tunes.
The Radio 2 programs run from 7:00 pm until 10:30 pm.
7:00 has Clarke Peters talking and playing examples from Mercer's early days. This may well be the most interesting section.
7:30 is from the Mermaid Theatre and our old friend Curtis Stigers comperes and croons.
9:15 sees Barry Manilow hogging the mic to talk about the melodies he added to some of Johnny's leftover lyrics. This was done at the request of the composer's widow.
Andy Williams' name has also been mentioned in despatches...
Lance.

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