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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.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

"We'll Make Fun For You" - 2012 Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party Day 2 Saturday Oct. 27.

Josh Duffee   (drums/leader). Rico Tomasso,     René Hagmann & AndySchumm (trumpets), Kris Kompen (trombone), Matthias Seuffert, Jean-François Bonnel, Michael McQuaid  & Gavin Lee (reeds), Keith Nichols (piano/vocal), Martin Wheatley (banjo) and Richard Pite (sousa).Mike Durham, Spats Langham (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
I was on stewarding duty although, being the second day not much stewarding was required - it had all been done yesterday - most fans come for the weekend and shack up at the Village Inn which is a very shackable establishment. However, I was driving and night driving isn't my forté so I couldn't stay for all the sessions after my stewarding was done. Tomorrow I shall take the 309 bus from The Haymarket which I should have done today.
My biggest regret is missing the  Four's A-Plenty set by Rene Hagmann (cornet), Jean-Francoise Bonnell (sop/clt), Manu Hagmann (bass) and Roly Veitch (guitar). This was a tribute to the Bechet-Spanier Four whom many, myself included, see as the precurser to the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. Hopefully the man from Jazz Lives recorded it.
I did manage to catch the last number of a tribute to Graeme Bell and his Australian Jazz Band. They were excellent although I couldn't help but reflect and wonder who, back in the early nineteen-fifties, would have imagined such a tribute being paid all these years on? Then again, I doubt if McKinney's Cotton Pickers thought they would be remembered maybe 80 years later in a north east English coastal town!
But that was what this set was all about - a foot-tapping set recreating the music of McKinney's Cotton Pickers which was the only full set I was able to catch but it was most enjoyable with plenty good solos and vocals including one by festival Major-Domo Mike Durham - resplendent in a beige dinner jacket and boutonnière. Mike's vocals included Baby Won't You Please Come Home and I Want a Little Girl. Keith Nichols also sang and played piano and Spats Langham's numbers included There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulder and It's Tight Like That.
In the above photo on the left, Enrico Tomasso (l) and J.C. Hallam are wheeling and dealing mutes. On the right Matthias Seuffert is preparing a tribute to Roland Kirk (joking!) 
More from Jazz Lives. 
Lance

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