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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.

Monday, April 08, 2013

GIJF Day 3: Saxophone Massive.

Andy Sheppard (sop/ten/conductor); Laura Reveley (alt); Keith Robinson (ten); Graeme Wilson (bar); Chris Sharkey (tutor/conductor).
(Review by Lance).
The threat initially was to have 200 saxophones but, mercifully, I think the total was about 50. In truth, this was one of the most amazing musical get togethers I have ever witnessed!
It began behind my back! I was looking down onto the concourse observing the two groups of saxes massed at east and west of the stage when suddenly I heard the sound of a soprano sax. I turned and there was Andy Sheppard, almost within touching distance wailing away.
Slowly he moved forward, now playing tenor, till he descended to join the masses of Yamahas, Yanagasawas and other versions of Adolphe Sax's prototype. Directed by Chris Sharkey they moved forward like two advancing armies playing chords and riffs whilst, on stage, Wilson, Robinson and Reveley added their input. 
It then became a call and response with Sharkey's "Easteners" responding to his fingered signal followed by Sheppards "Westeners" reacting to his hand gestures. It was all good fun and, despite the number of players involved it was melodic and not harmonically dissonant. For this much credit must go to Andy Sheppard and Chris Sharkey who put the players through their paces in 3 workshops prior to their big day. 
Awesome - quite awesome!
Lance.

1 comment :

Dave Parker (on Facebook) said...

I was lucky to be at the front and could see every expression and gesture of Chris Sharkey. What a conductor, facilitator, educator!

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