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Aubrey Logan: "I chose trombone because trombone just kicks my ass, and I needed to do something that was hard" - (DownBeat June 2019).


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 Thursday May 23



Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.



Elina Duni + Trio FCT - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00.

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Friday, December 04, 2009

Farewell Chris...

As befitted his position in the jazz hierarchy, there was a good response from those of the jazz community able to attend the funeral of Jazz North East Secretary Chris Yates at Newcastle Crematorium.
"Take The A Train" ushered the assembled friends into a warmly conducted Humanist celebration of Chris' life.
Paul Bream spoke eloquently of Chris' long and dedicated service to jazz promotion in the north east and went on to read a selection of emotive emails from fans and musicians including one from American pianist Jessica Williams.
Stephen Yates, Chris' son, spoke lovingly of his relationship with his dad as did sister Kate.
That they belonged to a close and loving family shone through with every word and their consolation must be that their lives were enriched by Chris' influence.
Likewise Laura, dignified and gracious throughout, must have felt proud to hear so many accolades for her husband even though she'd known he had those qualities for years!
Miles' version of "There is no Greater Love" allowed time for reflection and Louis' "What a Wonderful World" played us out. Possibly a surprise choice but, today, it seemed just right and, unlike at more traditional funerals I for one left feeling uplifted.
Afterwards, at The Sage, more casual memories were exchanged between musicians and fans - many of whom hadn't seen each other for years.
There was much love in that room.
Farewell Chris.

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