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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, April 22, 2013

Red Stripe @ Boston Spa. April 20


Neil "Red" Drinkwater (Keys), Miss Smith (Vcl), John O'Neil (ten sax), Erica Clarke (bar sax), Brant Tills (tpt), Costa (bass gtr), Ed Williams(dms)
(Review by Ray Robson).
"Jazz at the Spa" summed up Red Stripe perfectly as "now for something different" ...not quite in the Monty Python style, but nevertheless a boogie woogie mix of jive, blues, swing & rock & roll. We'd seen these guys before at Lockerbie Jazz Fest, so we were prepared for the party they bring to town ....& boy, do they know how to party ! 
The intro said it all ...Red on keyboard with just drums & guitar backing playing a few quiet bars ..then the back of the hall doors burst open & the brass guys marched through the audience playing at full pitch. We moved on to Caldonia, Rhinestone Mermaid, You Got What You Asked For, Mr Dynamite. Then a little Rock & Roll with a marvelous Blueberry Hill The Way You Look Tonight. 
The tempo does not slow with Red Stripe ....Bad Wine was followed up by the energetic Shake Shake Boom Boom before Red went all Italian in Renato Carosone's To Vuo Fa L'Americano. Jools Hollands signature tune of Enjoy Yourself followed ...we were too far gone not too by that point ! A blues Honky Tonk Train Blues gave way to the sultry Miss Smith singing Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For Me.
The break gave us all a chance to catch our breath, oil out throats & prepare for more......
Louis Prima's Buona Sera then an oh so lively Jump Jive had the girls up dancing in the aisles. Play Time Girl, Mini Bar Blues, Elvis' That's Alright, Route 66.....what next ? We went Latino, with a scintillating Tequilla which included a "conga" like march of all the band around the room while playing.....just time for the bands signature Red Stripe Boogie with audience singing before loud applause from the appreciative audience drew an encore of See You Later Alligator.
Red Stripe are a high octane energy sapping party band that blow you away....they don't just play great music, they thoroughly entertain everyone. Any chance you get to see them live - take it !
Well done yet again to the "Jazz at the Spa" crowd for another great night with a deserved full house.
If you've not been, make the trip any Saturday night ....see http://www.jazzinthespa.co.uk/ for gig list.
Ray Robson

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