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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 Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lindsay Hannon Plus in Ernest Tuesday April 23.

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); James Harrison (keys); John Pope (bs); Dave McKeague (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A new entry in the jazz venue list, Ernest is predominantly a student hangout. Understandable given the amount of student accommodation nearby  The ever eager to explore new outlets Lindsay Hannon has set up a weekly Tuesday session which she/we hope will take off.
The girl was in good voice and although without the promised Paul Gowland - he opted for "bread" rather than pizza - it was a good session. A vignette!
The tried and tested repertoire was stuck with and it worked well.
I Wish I Were in Love Again - Larry Hart's immortal line -  the conversation with the flying plates - never fails to raise a smile, Our Love is Here to Stay, God Bless the Child and There Will Never be Another You. This latter piece had an intricate stop start section (possibly inspired by Anita O'Day) that took some choreographing. McKeague missed out on one beat but atoned for it by smiling, twirling his sticks and having a good blast on the later exchange of fours.
Nature Boy moved uptown and up tempo with Harrison's extended solo, Pope's authoritative bass and McKeague's intuitive drumming. The set closed with Willow Weep For Me and You'd be so Nice to Come Home to.
A shorter second set opened with a Horace Silver tune (Cape Verdean Blues?) a wonderful Honeysuckle Rose, In Walked Bud and My Funny Valentine.
An enjoyable evening well worth supporting - next week Clare Kelly.
Lance.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

It's nice to have another jazz gig nearby so I was able to pop in for the final 40 mins. Instead of despairing at the small crowds that turn up at some jazz sessions, it seems like a good strategy to bring to jazz to where there is a crowd already. The music was fine and I caught a couple good interpretations of Joni Mitchell songs, which was a treat. As the guys are doing homages to various musicians, why not a session based around particularly singers, e.g. JM.
The set up in the place was a bit strange as Lyndsay was singing to a virtually empty space while behind a partition there were quite a lot of (not unappreciative) diners and drinkers. Maybe more tables and chairs in with the band?
JC

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