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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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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: Way in to the Way Out

(Review by Russell)
Why do musicians do what they do? Why do some musicians take the hard road? The life of an improvising musician, particularly those on the free scene, is hardly the road to riches. As someone once said: No turn left unstoned. Pianist Alexander Hawkins and Corey Mwamba (vibes) are two such musicians; youthful, spirited, keen students of the history of the music.
A keen crowd gathered in the Music Education Centre in the bowels of the Sage to listen to the duo talk about their formative influences, first gigs and the attraction of being On the Outside. Hawkins spoke of his love of Fletcher Henderson, his interest in stride piano and the socio-political aspects of jazz in America focusing on the migration north of black musicians from New Orleans, to Chicago and on to New York seeking freedom from the discrimination prevalent in the Deep South.
Mwamba talked about his first gigging experiences playing in New Orleans/Dixieland and swing bands. He borrowed recordings from his local library, he discovered Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo and admitted to something of a blind spot with regard to Bird. He certainly knows his instrument, not just musically but in terms of the history of the design and build mechanics of the vibraphone. Tracing developments in the jazz lineage through bebop to hard bop to the free pioneers (Ornette, Dolphy and Joe Harriott) Hawkins and Mwamba condensed a big subject into ninety entertaining minutes.    
Russell.                     

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