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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.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Sage Outdoor Stage @ the Summertyne Americana Festival

Performance Square was crowded at 4pm when I arrived, the sun shone, and the glorious fug of BBQ smoke was hanging in the air at the east entrance.  For the next two hours or so I relished 2 really good bands, not jazz, but great music, with some jazzy elements.
The Pine Hill Haints had a general rock and roll/country sound, but they covered many types of song, and I lost count of the instruments.  Guitars, drumkit, tea chest bass, a lady on washboard, banjo, bluegrass fiddle, and even something that sounded like a theremin, to get a ghostly effect.  And of course vocals, and songs including blues, folk songs about following your lover’s coffin, humorous Mexican songs, Where The Soul Never Dies, (which sounded as if it belonged to the Sacred Harp religious song collection), and the lovely religious folk song Will The Circle Be Unbroken.  And all delivered with aplomb and good humour.
Then came Mary Jean Lewis and the Starlight Boys (pictured above), with a more conventional set of instruments but no less aplomb.  Mary Jean on keys and vocals, two guitars, double bass, drumkit and saxophone.  The band stomped out the tunes, blues such as Mama You Treat your Daughter Mean, love songs (Lovin’ Fever) songs of American life (Cruisin Down the Strip).  All enjoyable, especially for the many dancers in front of the stage.  What fun!
Ann Alex 

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