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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 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

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.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

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

Blues

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

Archie Brown & the Young Bucks - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Sue Ferris Quintet - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Philip Clouts Quartet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00 (£7.00 student).

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

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Saturday Afternoon.

Kate Williams Quartet featuring Gareth Lochrane. (Williams (pno); Lochrane (fl.); ? (bs); Tristan Maillot (dms).
Mating Call was title of Kate's original tune that opened the set launching Lochrane into an orbit of a million choruses! This was a mating call that worked and, like the original Pied Piper, the fans responded in hypnotic surrender and this was just his first solo! The composer too let her hair down proving she too had the chops for it. I didn't catch the name of the bassist who replaced Jeremy Brown but he was in there every bar of the way likewise drummer Maillot. While We're Young (Alec Wilder?) made for a pleasant change in what had so far been a Festival of mainly originals and all four (Lochrane on alto flute) treat it with respect in a probing, introspective and rather beautiful manner.
Alan Barnes joined in on alto for Cole Porter's All Through the Night and Lochrane switched to piccolo - he can swing that too!
The afternoon was looking good.
Mark Nightingale Quintet. (Nightingale (tmb); Nigel Hitchcock (alt); Graham Harvey (Rhodes); Lawrence Cottle (bs); Alyn Cosker (dms).
The trombonist described his new project as 'basically bebop played over different rhythms" which summed it up fairly accurately partiicularly Unlucky Foursome which was played in 13/8 time. Needless to say Cosker handled the unusual time signature with ease!
Hitchcock blew some paintstripping alto on Auto  Eight Inch Clock which just happened to be an anagram of his name!
As for the leader what can be said other than he is a master of his instrument. The final Groove was as explosive as they come and appropriatly entitled unlike the second number - Closure!
Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble. (Atzmon alt/sop); Frank Harrison (pno); Yaron Stavi (bs); Eddie Hick (dms).
Three outstanding alto players in a row! In a photo finish I don't know which one I'd bet on - it would be close.
One thing you can depend on with Gilad is a show whether it be music, comedy or a political rant and, needless to say we got all three. However, it was the music that shone through and captured the crowd. His seemingly effortless flights of fantasy the stuff that dreams are made of (well sax player's dreams!)
On piano Harrison proved equal to the task of keeping pace with the enigmatic leader and he soloed impressively Stavi and Hicks too were 100% solid but it was Gilad who captivated by his ability to incorporate tunes like Roll Out The Barrel, Mack The Knife and Salt Peanuts into his solo and retain credibilty!
The final Cherokee was the blast to end all blasts - Phew!
Lance.

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