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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.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Jazz Esquires @ The Porthole

Miles Watson (tpt/vcl/dms); Tony Winder (ten/sop/clt); Terry Dalton (tmb/vcl); Roy Gibson (pno); Robin Douthwaite (gtr); Stan Nicholson (bs); Laurie Brown (dms/clt) + Teresa Armstrong/Ann Alex (vcls).
(Review by Lance.)
This was a jolly, fun-filled afternoon with the jazz on the jolly side. Seasonal headgear was in abundance both on and off the stage. 

That good old maxim of Duke's that It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing held true as Miles explained in song and story the essential elements of that most ephemeral quality. 9:20 Special kept the pendulum moving and Terry Dalton's trombone solo almost caused another trombonist in the audience to look up from the Daily Telegraph!
It Had To Be You featured Tony on soprano - not to be confused with Mafiosi Tony Soprano who didn't wear a Tam O' Shanter! Lullaby of Birdland and All I Do is Dream of You brought us up to half time with the home team well in front.
George Laing and Brian Lynam were absent so, after Laurie's  Stranger on the Shore, it was Teresa who stepped up to the mic. Mean to Me and I'm In The Mood for Love were delivered in her confident and inimitable style. Love her to bits.
A hard act to follow but, I'm pleased to say, our own Ann Alex also grabbed some plaudits with Bye Bye Blackbird and All of Me - a score draw.
A Xmas medley followed before a blistering  Tiger Rag which brought back memories of Harry Roy - or was it Derek Roy? (Fifties comedian).
Jumping at the Woodside really did jump with all the guys soloing at 100%. Darktown Strutters' Ball had a vocal by Terry whom, Miles pointed out, had played the same number with Elvis Costello's father (Ross McManus during his tenure with Joe Loss). 
You get to mix with the stars at The Porthole.
Tuxedo Junction brought us up to Ferry Time - it had been an enjoyable afternoon.
No session next week on Boxing Day.
Photos.
Lance.
PS: You can see by the photo how much everyone was enjoying it!

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