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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 Monday May 27

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12:00 - 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Bywell Hall, Bywell, near Stocksfield NE43 7AB. £15.00. (concs. £14.00., child £5.00., £35.00. family). 2:00-4:00pm. A Northumberland County Show (all day) event.

Evening

Ruby Turner - Whitley Bay Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ. Tel: 0844 248 1588. 7:30pm. £28.80. A Mouth of the Tyne event.

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

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Iceni: EP Launch @ Nancy’s Bordello; Friday July 12

Lindsay Hannon (vocals, bass); Elizabeth Corney (vocals, keys); Caroline Roach (vocals, drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Forget about women singing love songs, this was something quite different, intelligent songs about life, with attitude, imagination, humour, all originals composed by the band, and very good musicianship. Not a jazz gig but well worth reviewing for the blog. The Iceni were apparently a Celtic tribe during Roman times, connected with Boadicea, and Lindsay had dressed for the part, flimsy pale dress and golden criss-cross sandals, plaited hair, a suggestion of the goddess, with a bass guitar instead of a lyre.  White fairy lights round the bass drum added to the atmosphere. The audience stood in front of the stage wowing the band on, knowing many of the songs. Good harmony singing, sometimes wonderfully dissonant, the keys illustrating the words, instrumental breaks, constantly repeated riffs such as ‘I’m scared of my own genius’, drums commenting, and a steady effective bass.
Best heard rather than described, so I’ll simply mention one song as an example.  Thief And Fool (it’s on the EP – in fact, not surprisingly, as this was the launch of the EP, they all were!) has Lindsay as the main voice singing about an abusive relationship from which the woman intends to escape, the keys reflecting the emotions with deep strong notes for strength, and a spoken chorus (chorus as in rock song, not jazz) ‘realistically he does it to be cruel’. A really enjoyable set and I intend to see them again, and congratulations to the band for keeping up the pace on such a warm evening.  A review of the EP is to follow.
I should mention that the evening began with a young band, Three Thousand Two Hundred Tigers, sorry don’t know their names, but there were two guitars, a female vocalist with loads of spirit, and a DJ with (I think) a small keyboard, drums and a cymbal.  Perhaps all DJ’s have this equipment as standard nowadays, I must learn more.  This band had an interesting sound and was well supported by the audience as well.
Download Iceni single Trail of Dead.
Ann Alex

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