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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

GIJF Day 3: Alexander Hawkins & Louis Moholo-Moholo + Bonga, Mwamba & Champion

(Review by Russell)
The closing concert of the 2013 Gateshead International Jazz Festival brought together two generations of improvising musicians. From Oxford, pianist Alexander Hawkins and from South Africa, drummer and elder statesman of the music Louis Moholo-Moholo
An opening support set featured three friends. Gateshead’s Andy Champion (double bass), Corey Mwamba (vibes) and Ntshuks Bonga (alto & soprano saxophones) first met and played together as a trio at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle. To see them on stage together at an established international festival confirmed their individual and collective rising star status. Three improvised pieces developed from the stillness. Mwamba breathed life into his instrument, Champion’s fragile gossamer figures awaited their fate - a fate determined by Bonga’s penetrating alto. Mwamba’s vibes erupted in fury, bass responded, bow drawn then still once more. Louis Moholo-Moholo, virtuoso musician and hero of the Anti Apartheid struggle, met up with Alex Hawkins a few years ago and they have developed a lasting creative partnership. The South African is the senior partner in the relationship. The relentless drive from the traps invigorated Hawkins’ brilliant performance at the Steinway. Shouts of encouragement and audible expressions of joyful release from the drum master added to the drama of it all. The duo maintained eye contact for long periods, immersed in their music-making. A spontaneous, abrupt end came with Moholo-Moholo declaring he had said everything he wanted to say. Then a change of heart. He wanted to play on. They played on. A legendary figure of the music on the banks of the Tyne. Who would have thought it? Thanks Louis, thanks Alex. A gig to remember.       
Russell.                

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