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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 Sunday May 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar - Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth NE24 3PQ. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free. 'Blyth Battery Goes to War Weekend'.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio (James Harrison, piano).

Blues

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Archie Brown & the Young Bucks - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Sue Ferris Quintet - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Philip Clouts Quartet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00 (£7.00 student).

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

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Peter Gilligan Trio @ The Star


Peter Gilligan (pno); Mike Clarke (bs); Mark Robertson (dms) + Ian Forbes (dms); John Rowland (ten).
(Review by Lance.)
Musically this was faultless. Gilligan, depping for guitarist Steve Glendinning, made sure there wasn't a note on the keyboard untouched. He plays 'em all!
I'd heard the recording Pete made in St. Nicks Cathedral of Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most and it was terrific. However, actually hearing him play it live for chorus after chorus, was something else again. The north east really is well endowed with jazz piano men - Alan Glen was playing across town at the Chillingham which may have accounted for tonight's depleted audience. Last week saw a goodly crowd and, I thought, this is starting to happen and then tonight it was back to the drawing board. Even the committee didn't show!
Still the music was great as Pete went through his bag of Bud Powell, Bill Evans and other heroes including a gorgeous version of Laura. Mike Clarke on bass guitar handled the occasionally unfamiliar material with aplomb and drummer Mark Robertson must think I'm the tax man following him around! He played well even though there was a drum legend in the house!
Yes Ian Forbes, now in his eighties, was waiting in the wings and took over the drum stool for the jam which actually comprised of John Rowland blowing some gutsy tenor with Pete, Mike and Ian. A contingent from the Sage Jazz Singing Class were present but, in the absence of their leader, there was no mic. for them to sing through! However, if they hadn't been there, I'd have been sitting on my own.
I guess folks are still "celebrating" Easter.
Lance. 

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