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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.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Strictly Big Band @ The Sage.

This was a bit of a curate's egg albeit with some very tasty moments. I refer to the dancers. Think Pan's People or Legs and Co and you get the idea. Strutting their stuff in the skimpiest of costumes did nothing to detract from Sing, Sing, Sing or indeed the other numbers where, in different attire, they shimmied and - in St Louis Blues - positively bumped and grinded. The girls did good and the boys were okay too (I guess!)
In truth it was a good swinging band that, perhaps because of it being the opening night of the tour, occasionally faltered - not often I hasten to add.
The strangely named Sueyo handled the girl vocals with a bluesy feel to Why Don't You Do Right?, Blues in the Night, Fever whilst Chris Herbert did the boy thing on Hit The Road Jack, Georgia, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams and King of the Road - one of those sixties pop songs that I think deserves Gasbook recognition.
Band numbers included Cute - with a tap dancer taking the drum breaks - an up tempo A Train that had a good trumpet blast from someone (soloists weren't named) and Groove Merchant.
Amazingly solos were very thin on the ground and this a band with Russell Henderson in the sax section! Russ's moment came in the Let The Good Times Roll finale where he managed a fine chorus on alto.
Perhaps the best combination of band and dancers was on Dizzy's Manteca - this one really gelled.
A work in progress I think.
The show was compered a la Pal Joey by David Knopov.
Lance.

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