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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 Friday May 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Dave Kelly & Christine Collister - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA . Tel: 03000 266 600. 8:00pm. £18.00.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Lindisfarne Club, West St., Wallsend NE28 8LG. Tel: 0191 262 4258. 9:00pm.

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

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mark Toomey w. Jeremy McMurray Trio @ The Cherry Tree, Jesmond.

Mark Toomey (alt); Jeremy McMurray (pno); Peter Ayton (bs); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance)
By way of a change, I took the 33a bus to the Cherry Tree as it drops you at the door of the restaurant rather than walk the walk up Osborne Rd., from Jesmond Metro. I waited for it outside of the Tyneside Cinema and looked sadly at the dilapidated, run down, building opposite. It too had once been a cinema - The Odeon - arguably Newcastle's finest. I recalled, not only the wonderful films (and some not so wonderful ones) I'd seen many years ago, but also the bands I'd heard on stage. Basie, Ellington and Satchmo stand out in my memory but much earlier, before they allowed American musicians to play in the UK, many other British bands - Heath, Dankworth, Parnell, Geraldo, Ambrose and lots more. Yes, it was with heavy heart I boarded the 33a.
However, upon being seated at my favourite table, a bottle of Black Sheep (in a fancy tall glass with the brewery logo on) and a starter of Pork Rillette, Toast, Pear and Saffron Chutney - I'm just mad about saffron... -  my spirits were lifted and I was pretty close to Heaven. It only took Mark Toomey and the McMurray Mob to open the pearly gates for me to enter.
Mark has a beautiful Parker-like sound and he literally soars like a bird. But tonight it wasn't just his playing that impressed but his original compositions that intermingled with the tried and tested standards in a similar way to the manner in which the delicious Garlic Butter did with my Rump Steak and Frites.
Jeremy, as ever both melodic and harmonic - some of his block chords have so much depth they almost caused me to desert my dessert of Vanilla Panna Cotta, Shortbread Biscuit and Strawberries - almost! Peter Ayton did the announcing with a degree of unappreciated humour as well as laying down the bass lines exactly where bass lines should be laid.
On drums, this was a different Paul Smith to the pocket rocket that propelled Mo Scott to Planet Bluesville at Hoochie on Thursday. Tonight he was sedate and sophisticated yet still booting the whole caboodle along.
There is a CD available  - The Mark Toomey Quartet : Live at the Studio.
Lance.

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