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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 Friday May 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Dave Kelly & Christine Collister - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA . Tel: 03000 266 600. 8:00pm. £18.00.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Lindisfarne Club, West St., Wallsend NE28 8LG. Tel: 0191 262 4258. 9:00pm.

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

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Sounds of The Loop - Gateshead/Newcastle on a Sunday

No, I'm not talking about The Loop in Chicago - I'm talkin' Gateshead - y'all hear me? - The Central Bar.
On a Sunday afternoon there is no better place to start your journey than in the newly refurbished upper Blue Bar where The Ray Stubbs Rhythm 'N' Blues All Stars play to a packed house.
Not Chicago? This is the Windy City and all points West, East, North and South as Ray (vcls/harp), John Hedley (gtr), Trevor Whitehouse (bs), Ray Snowdon (pno) and Brian Ferry (dms) make the Southside rock courtesy of Junior Wells, Howlin' Wolf, Sleepy John Estes and a dozen more poetic blues legends. Ray tells their stories with white hot emotion and vocal chords raised on Thunderbird wine and rusty razor blades.
John Hedley stamps his own brand on the music - it's stratospheric. The rest of the group lay it down solid. Maybe they're low on subtlety but they rate high on sheer excitement.
Intermission and it's time to pack my suitcase and move on down the line.
I walk over the High Level Bridge into Newcastle, passing the Bridge Hotel where the Loop will be completed later, and on to The Jazz Café.
Lindsay Hannon is trying out a song in which she appeals to be seduced which explains the line forming on the right. Pete Gilligan and Paul Grainger on piano and bass kept her on track (or was it vice versa?) and the end product (of the song) sounded good. Gradually the place fills up with musicians and singers. Claire Kelly chants That's Life, Funny Valentine and I'm Beginning to See the Light. Stu Findon bleows tenor and Dave Gray, the young trombone player, has a blast - Kid Ory plays Modern. Gabi I Got Rhythmed. There are many other delights about to unfold but my journey takes me elsewhere...
Lance.

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