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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 20

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

GIJF Day 1: Jambone Friday April 5: Hall 1

(Review by Ann Alex)
Just in case there’s anyone out there who hasn't come across Jambone, they are the Sage’s own Regional Youth Jazz Ensemble.  They did themselves, the Sage, and jazz itself proud in this introduction to the NYJO Orchestra concert. 
 The young players sounded very together, smooth, exciting, with lots of good solo work and interesting arrangements.  They’d been doing workshops this week with local jazzman Paul Edis, and also Tim Garland – I’d like to bet that it was hard work and great fun too.
First came the 4 pieces that Paul had written for them, played back to back, with Paul conducting, starting with Hefty Boots, a tribute to Neal Hefti, a slow slinky swing with just a suggestion of Hefti’s arrangement for Count Basie of Li’l Darlin’.  This was followed by Vignette, concerning a French couple, featuring the horns and Bradley Johnston on guitar; Ballade, (speaks for itself) and Loop The Loop, with its many short solos.  The work with madly talented sax man Tim Garland followed giving the band a chance to show some of the more avant-garde aspects of their playing.  It’s so good that top musicians like Edis and Garland are willing to work with and encourage these young musicians of the future, and provide such entertainment for us in the audience too.  A great start to the festival for me.
Ann Alex

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