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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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Greg Abate/Alan Barnes w. Stu Collingwood Trio @ Corner House, Newcastle.

Greg Abate (alt/fl); Alan Barnes (alt); Stu Collingwood (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Jazz North East was rewarded for presenting this imaginative line-up by a near capacity audience and deservedly so.
American, Greg Abate played a great gig here a year ago - pairing him with his UK counterpart Alan Barnes promised to be something special.
From the opening bars of Sweet and Lovely we just knew just how special this session was going to be. The two altos laid done a bench mark that was constantly raised as the evening progressed. Stu Collingwood, stepping into the Edis breach maintained the standard set by the horns and Mick The Shoulder had his say before the two front men went into an 8 bar exchange that became a 4 bar and then a two bar. Adam Sinclair responded admirably.
Star Eyes was like hearing Charlie Parker in stereo. Barnesy - slippery as an eel - Greg as smooth as silk.
Solar had the altos slugging it out in a pier 6 brawl that resulted in honours even.
Jag, an Abate original based around the chords of When Light's Are Low, and named after his 3 children, was done as a samba and played by the composer on flute. The flute/alto combination .made for a good contrast to the two altos.
Marti, written by Birmingham pianist Johnny Patrick and featuring Abate on alto was positively sensuous. Marti must be quite a woman to inspire such a song!
Bird's Segment brought the set to a close. This was already an unforgettable evening and we were only half way!
Another Abate original opened up the second set - I didn't catch the name but it had some rich harmony from the two altos as well as some exciting interplay between them.
I must again mention the sterling work put in by the north-east rhythm section. Messrs Collingwood, Shoulder and Sinclair handled the difficult task of jumping in at the deep end with the minimum of rehearsal and no safety net save their professionalism.
Kenny Barron's Voyage brought to mind the Oliver Nelson/Eric Dolphy track Altoitis as tonight's two altoists soared like a Bird with the velocity of a Cannonball.
Barnes' The Wye Blues was followed by his solo feature Spring is Here - this had an Ellington/Strayhorn feel to it. Alone Together brought things almost to a close but not before they'd played pure Bebop on Dizzy's Bebop. This was the only way to finish - nothing could follow that!
Gig of the Year!
Lance.

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