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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.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Denys Baptiste: Now is the Time...Let Freedom Ring. Sage Gateshead October 5.

Denys Baptiste (ten); Nat Facey (alt); Nathaniel Cross (tmb); Mark ? (tpt); Omar Puente (vln); ? (pno); Gary Crosby (bs); Satin Singh (perc.); Roy Jones (dms); Harry Brown (md) + second violin and 2 cellos and the In Groove Voices led by Sharon Durant.
(Review and photo of Denys Baptiste by Lance).
This was a concert of deep social significance - a celebration of Martin Luther King's famous 1963 speech - I have a dream.
Hall One should have been full to the rafters! As it happened the assemblage could have fitted into Hall Two with room to spare. Why this concert should have been ignored by most of the North East Jazz cognoscenti remains a mystery to me. Perhaps if the personnel had been released in advance it may have drawn more punters. Still, I can always tell those who "played the wag" about it and make them green with envy when I describe Facey's alto solos, Puentes' fiddling, Cross on trombone, the percussionists and, of course, Baptiste himself on tenor.
However, this wasn't just a blowing session, although the solos were outstanding. This was a masterful merge of composition and soloists which may ultimately be comparable with the extended works of Ellington, Mingus or Gil Evans. I say "ultimately" as on this, the first performance, there were rough edges which will no doubt be ironed out as the tour progresses. Even so, warts and all, this was a prodigious undertaking. The screen behind the band showed relevant projected images - back of the bus, police brutality, whites only, Ku Klux Klan interspersed with the words of King - a shocking reminder of American society in the 1950's and 60s - a culture that still lingers on. and not just in America. This country isn't any better even today. We maybe don't segregate by signs but I bet there is not one person reading this who doesn't know someone, and I mean a friend or neighbour, who isn't openly racist.
A special mention of the locally based In Groove Voices who, led by Sharon Durant, provided some pivotal moments in the program. My apologies for not catching all the band names - each one deserved to be acknowledged. Perhaps future dates could include an info sheet?
Lance.

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