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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 Saturday May 18

Afternoon

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

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am. £2.00.

Sweet & Hot - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield St., Darlington DL3 7TG. 12:30pm. £10.00. Jeff Barnhart, Spats Langham, John Hallam, Graham Smith, Anne Barnhart.

Duo workshop: Faye MacCalman & John Pope - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 3:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00. JNE.

Jazz

Jamie Mackay - Gallagher & Turner, St Mary's Place, Newcastle NE1 7PQ. 7:00-11:00pm. Free. 'The Late Shows' - guitarist Mackay performing at intervals.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Newcastle City Library, New Bridge Street West, Newcastle NE1 8AX. 7:00-11:00pm. Free. 'The Late Shows' - NMBB performing at intervals.

Paul Taylor - Victoria Tunnel, Ouse Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE1 2BE. Tel: 0191 230 4210. 7:30pm. Tickets: £10.00.

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Everyman Theatre, O'Hanlon St., Spennymoor DL16 6RY. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. cocns., £30.00. family). Programme inc Poppy composed by Jason Holcomb.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £42.0. & £36.50.

Groove-a-matics - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, July 22, 2013

Martha Wainwright and Sam Amidon @ Sage Summertyne Americana Festival. July 20

 Martha Wainwright (vocals, guitar).
(Review by Ann Alex)
What an entertainer this lady is!  Even if she didn't sing, she could make a living as a comedienne, telling tall tales.  She had level 1 of Hall One laughing all the way, with tales of how the songs came to be written, comments about why her hair was wayward (problems with the hairdryer).  Approximate quote  ‘I used to write songs about being unloved and unhappy, now I write songs about being loved and unhappy; my husband takes no notice anyway!’  
The songs were mainly about relationships, sung expressively in a voice sometimes sweet and somewhat cute, sometimes strongly dramatic, with skilled guitar played with aplomb.  Not jazz, but songs definitely from the stable of the McGarrigle/ Loudon Wainwright families, contemporary folk.  I didn't catch the names of all the songs, but those I did identify included Can You Believe It; Four Black Sheep (written for a competition); Radio Star; This Life.
The more serious songs paid tribute to the memory of the singer’s mother, Kate McGarrigle, for instance the torch song I Am A Diamond, an unpublished song about the ocean, and a song about the environment Prosperine. The concert ended with a lovely rendition of La Vie En Rose, sung without any amplification, as a statement in favour of saving the country’s energy.
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Sam Amidon (vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo); Chris Valalayo? (drums, bass guitar, piano, electronic effects)
The performance had  begun with traditional and contemporary folk songs from this duo which made for pleasant listening with mostly good musicianship, except for (to my ears anyway) a few jarring effects from the violin and electronics.  But a good concert all round. 
Ann Alex

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