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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 Saturday May 18

Afternoon

Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar - Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth NE24 3PQ. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free. 'Blyth Battery Goes to War Weekend'.

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am. £2.00.

Sweet & Hot - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield St., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. Jeff Barnhart, Spats Langham, John Hallam, Graham Smith, Anne Barnhart.

Duo workshop: Faye MacCalman & John Pope - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 3:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE.

Jazz

Jamie Mackay - Gallagher & Turner, St Mary's Place, Newcastle NE1 7PQ. 7:00-11:00pm. Free. 'The Late Shows' - guitarist Mackay performing at intervals.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Newcastle City Library, New Bridge Street West, Newcastle NE1 8AX. 7:00-11:00pm. Free. 'The Late Shows' - NMBB performing at intervals.

Paul Taylor - Victoria Tunnel, Ouse Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE1 2BE. Tel: 0191 230 4210. 7:30pm. Tickets: £10.00.

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Everyman Theatre, O'Hanlon St., Spennymoor DL16 6RY. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. cocns., £30.00. family). Programme inc Poppy composed by Jason Holcomb.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £42.0. & £36.50.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: Branded by Brass Jaw

Ryan Quigley (tpt); Paul Towndrow (alt); Konrad Wiszniewski (ten); Allon Beauvoisin (bar).
One of the highlights of this year's Gateshead Jazz Festival was the horn quartet - Brass Jaw.
They exploited the acoustics of the old St Mary's Church to their best advantage and I came away totally uplifted which, of course, is what you're supposed to do when you leave a church.
Ryan Quigley and Paul Towndrow could easily lay claim to being the UK's number one on their respective instruments with the other two not far behind.
However, one thought did stick - it's great live but, given the scope granted when performing quadrophonically in front of an enthusiastic audience, would it stand up on a cold winter's morn with only the ghosts of Christmas for company?
It stood up!
In fact the ghosts were dancing - no haunting for them this year.
Four great horn-players going off in four different directions yet never losing sight of each other. This is truly amazing music-making that sometimes combines arranged ensembles with solos that are conventional and sometimes free whilst at other times the ensembles remind me of the Art Ensemble of Chicago doing a Dixieland gig! Brass Jaw are avant garde yet still manage to remain within the bounds of convention - albeit boundaries that they themselves have extended.
Such is the strength of Allon B's baritone sax backing that the absence of a rhythm section as such isn't missed in the slightest.
14 of the 17 tracks are band originals the others being Rodger's and Hart's Little Girl Blue, John Lennon's Drive My Car and Frank Zappa's Peaches En Regalio.
This could be my Record of the Year!
Branded by Brass Jaw is officially released on Dec. 1, 2010 on Keywork Records.
It can be obtained from http://www.brassjaw.co.uk/.
Lance.

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