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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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Northern Line Showcase @ Live Theatre, Newcastle. April 22, 2013

(Review by Russell)
Jazz North, the new jazz development agency for the north of England, announced an open submission scheme designed to highlight the best of the region’s jazz scene. Live Theatre in Newcastle hosted the second of three showcase evenings (ACV represented the north east at the first show in Liverpool) with four bands to hear. The event, open to all, attracted promoters, musicians and a few die-hard fans of the music. Jazz North’s influence (perhaps it was luck!) secured the prestigious venue for the evening.
HSQ+1 opened the programme. A quartet from Manchester, this was a first opportunity for a Tyneside audience to hear Jim Collins (alto & baritone saxophones), Will Lenton (tenor & baritone saxophones), Helen Pillinger (alto & tenor saxophones) and  Helena Summerfield (soprano & baritone saxophones). The quartet (+1, a drummer), differed from the classic jazz horn quartet (World Saxophone Quartet, 29th Street, Saxophonics) in that a prominent folk strand characterised their set.
Space Flight pushed the boundaries prompting the But is it jazz? debate. A quartet of three young musicians - James Mainwaring (tenor), Tom Adams (guitar) and Radek Rudnicki (electronics) - processed their sounds through table-top and pedal board gadgetry. Cavernous sounds echoed around the room as the fourth member of the quartet - Kuba Hader (video projection) - induced nightmarish memories of Tangerine Dream. Cool, or perhaps not.
Third on the bill - Shatner’s Bassoon - had visited Tyneside earlier in the year and made a big impression. Yet another product of the Leeds’ scene, this lot were great fun. Loud, talented, tight as, rehearsed to the nth degree and given to frequent volcanic eruptions, Shatner’s Bassoon filled the air with sulpherous sounds of molten lava. The Hub, Zappa and Zorn skewered their victims with a dead-eye rapier thrust and this six-piece will chase you down should you be brave (foolish?) enough to put your head above the parapet. Shatner’s Bassoon: Ollie Dover (tenor), Johnny Richards (keyboards), Craig Scott (guitar), Mick Bardon (electric bass), Andrew Lisle (drums) & Joost Hendrickx (drums). The final band - Ariya Afrobeat Arkestra - didn’t quite do what the name suggested. Not so much Sun Ra more like Fela Kuti. Incessant rhythms (Paul Baxter, bass, excellent) combined with riffing horns (Si Nixon, impressive trumpet) made for a danceable finale, if you were so inclined. The nonet: Peter Williams (tenor sax & bass clarinet), Leon Johnson (tenor), Martyn Strange (baritone), Si Nixon (trumpet), Taz Modi (keyboards), Neil Innes (guitar), Paul Baxter (electric bass), Joost Hendrickx (drums), Kris Wright (percussion). The Northern Line road show   moves on to a venue in Yorkshire (date and venue to be confirmed).   
Russell.                                      

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