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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 26

Afternoon

Jazz

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.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 11:30am (street set) & 1:00pm stage set. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Geordie Jazz Man - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 5:30pm. £10.00. Screening of Abbie Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.

Gavin Lee: Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band - Shotton Colliery Officials Club, Shotton Colliery DH6 2JS. 5:30pm.

Blues

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Back to Basics - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15pm. Free. Set lists available, for details Facebook Darlington Jazz Club.

Federica Michisanti’s Trioness - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 260 3246. 8:15pm. £10.00 (£8.00 conc.). JNE.

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

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Nick Pride and the Pimptones @ Queens Hall, Hexham

I’d listened to the Pimptones before, after listening to literally one minute I’d decided that they were a cool band, cool most certainly being the definitive word in this case. So when I arrived, sat down by the table next to them and saw Pride eating an omelette, I instantly decided that it was the coolest food ever. The band were on with the newest addition to their line-up, brand new trumpet player Keith Nicholson so I was looking forward to hearing what he’d bring.
As soon as they played their first few bars, I instantly knew I was going to be in for a treat. Straight away, bassist Ian Patterson and head man Nick Pride had visibly got into the groove starting with the funky number “Come and Get It”.
In the first two songs, the Pimptones had already shown off their variety, moving from funk to a very British 60’s jazz number. It wasn’t long before the technical talent was shown, sax/flute player Dave Wilde, trombonist Alex Leathard, and drummer Oscar Cassidy all showing off excellent abilities in their solos.
From the entire band, it truly was effortless musicianship the entire night. It was easy to see that they enjoyed playing together and they totally dispelled the stereotype of moody jazz bands. This just furthered their appeal, I wanted to get up and play a few riffs with them myself! Pride was an excellent leader, guiding the band through numerous complex arrangements and playing fantastically himself. I can’t say anything critical about the music for the night, though there was one technical thing that bothered me very slightly during the night; Pride’s vocals were very quiet compared to the band during the two or three songs that they played. Apart from this though, perfect.
As soon as they left the stage, there was raucous applause and calls for more from the audience, and they delivered, doing a brilliant cover of Britney Spears to finish. (The only non-original material of the night). All in all, a fantastic night of music, and a band I’d love to see again, perhaps in a standing venue next time!
Stuart Shevlin.

2 comments :

Lance said...

Thanks Stuart and welcome to Bebop Spoken Here.
Just one thing - you didn't give the date of the gig.

Stuart said...

Ah sorry bout that, the date was Saturday 28th November.

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