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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 Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Francois Bourassa Quartet Lit & Phil, Newcastle. October 7

Francois Bourassa (piano), André Leroux (tenor & soprano saxophones), Guy Boisvert (double bass) & Greg Ritchie (drums)
(Review by Russell, photos by Ken Drew).
Pianist Francois Bourassa sported a black t-shirt bearing the legend Effendi. The genial Canadian clearly took the opportunity to promote the Toronto-based record label on which his 2011 CD Idiosyncrasie was released. 
The two sets heard at the Lit & Phil featured material from the CD and an earlier album – Rasstones. The live experience differed markedly to the recorded output. Frequently smiling, Bourassa played rattling good, swinging piano, encouraging, then responding to, the in-the-pocket bass and drums of long-time cohorts Guy Boisvert and Greg Ritchie. Isola from Idiosyncrasie started proceedings and the quartet confirmed that they could play, then some! Bourassa has known and worked with his band mates for years and it showed. André Leroux opened his account on tenor with conviction, possessing ‘front man’ presence. Chant Poo from Rasstones saw him switch to soprano, weaving in and out of Bourassa’s clock work nursery rhyme. A three-part suite – the ‘German’ – from the 2011 release held the audience rapt; big tenor and scintillating, swinging piano trio playing drawing loud applause. The second set heard Haiku-Darmstadt and from Rasstones the deceptive Nationz – a ballad beginning, developing into a robust up-tempo group workout. Bourassa’s quartet proved to be a well-honed unit focusing on group improvisation with the bonus of Leroux taking command from time to time, an extended tenor-drums (Greg Ritchie) exchange a particular highlight. CD sales were brisk, most going during the interval, the rest by the end of the night. As so often is the case, the live experience won out. A good gig with a decent crowd in, all in all a good night of contemporary jazz.  
Russell.       

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