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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 Monday May 27

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12:00 - 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Bywell Hall, Bywell, near Stocksfield NE43 7AB. £15.00. (concs. £14.00., child £5.00., £35.00. family). 2:00-4:00pm. A Northumberland County Show (all day) event.

Evening

Ruby Turner - Whitley Bay Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ. Tel: 0844 248 1588. 7:30pm. £28.80. A Mouth of the Tyne event.

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

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Anna Luca and her band, Library Theatre, South Shields, Wednesday July 18.

Anna Luca (vocals/keys); Christian Moorhen (percussion); Johans ? (electric bass guitar)
(Review by Ann Alex.)
This gig was a real bargain at £7.50 per ticket, which included a finger buffet, wine and the company of the Mayor of South Tyneside (Eileen Leask, my cousin, I couldn’t help mentioning that), and also a raffle ticket for an extra £1. The event was in aid of the Mayor’s charities so we were supporting good causes as well. The music was very enjoyable, not really jazz, but mostly sweet-voiced original songs from this very talented singer.
The content and singing style were somewhat reminiscent of Madeleine Peroux or Janis Ian. The guitarist was well skilled and the percussionist was fascinating to watch. It was a cut-down version of the conventional jazz kit, with ethnic instruments added. So we had the large wooden box which the player slaps and beats, and this also doubled as a bass drum. There were bells, shakey eggs, handclapping, and lots of brush work on the cymbals and snare drum. The latter was covered with a tea towel to dampen the sound. And the communication between drummer and singer was superb, presumably because they are married to each other. Nice work if you can get it.
That song was not on the menu, but we were treated to many love songs, such as Beautiful Love (not the Victor Young song from 1931 nor the 2006 song by "The Afters" but an original by Anna); songs about the singer’s fears and experiences, such as Listen and Wait (Anna said she is a person who acts too impulsively); The Harbour; Blue Hour (a beautiful song in German about twilight in Cologne). Promised Land included a delicate piano break and skilled work on the bass drum. Berlin, Berlin gave us an articulate pen picture of that city. We had a version of the Oasis song Wonderwall, with a skilfully adapted tune; Dark Thoughts with a Happy Mind had been written recently since the band had been at South Shields, as part of the exchange with South Shields twin town, Wuppertal, in Germany. The gig ended with an amusing encore, which Anna had written just before she and Christian married, You Can Keep What’s Yours and I Can Keep What’s Mine, about hanging on to your individuality, which seems like good advice.
Ann Alex

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