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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.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble: Northumberland Tennis Club, Jesmond: Friday June 7.

Debra Milne (Vocals); Alan Law (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Bates (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
What could be better than jazz on a sunny summer’s evening in West Jesmond, sitting in a pleasant bar, with a view of leafy tennis courts? Debra said the band was feeling suitably relaxed and mellow (this was before they'd had a drink!). The two sets included lots of Latin numbers as well as some Horace Silver, and they produced rather a lot of musical excitement among the mellowness.  Well done!
The Ensemble made a good start with a non-seasonal Autumn Leaves, some neat improvisation and scat from Debra, playful piano and bass, then a song for the carefree mood, Devil May Care, ‘chock, chock’ went the drums, the only way I can describe the sound.  The bass opened for Wave, not the easiest of songs to sing, and continued with My Funny Valentine, including Alan on keys rippling lyrically and a fine, deep resonance from the bass.
Other numbers included Horace Silver’s Pretty Eyes (new song to me) with a fast underlying rhythm, almost martial; No More Blues; A Coltrane number (?) with a forewarning of Summertime worked in on the keys; I’m Comin' Home Baby – a hit for Mel Tormé  and written by Ben Tucker who died earlier in the week - Killer Joe; Senor Blues with Alan firing on all cylinders; How Insensitive with choppy bossa nova rhythms from drums and bass and comments from the keys; Tom Waits’ song Temptation; then Caravan. Lance’s ‘favourite’ song followed, Summertime, and he contrived to be in the loo for most of the song, by coincidence I think, so he missed a skilled solo from the keys, and this interesting set concluded with Route 66, Debra pointing to the musicians in turn for them to play fours.  What a power to have! 
Ann Alex   

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