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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 Friday May 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Dave Kelly & Christine Collister - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA . Tel: 03000 266 600. 8:00pm. £18.00.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Lindisfarne Club, West St., Wallsend NE28 8LG. Tel: 0191 262 4258. 9:00pm.

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

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ian Shaw and Claire Martin: Joni At 70: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell The Sage: Saturday November 9

Ian Shaw (piano, vocals); Claire Martin (vocals)
What a thoroughly enjoyable concert this turned out to be, what with great singing and piano and self-deprecating comedy, mostly from Ian, who in a parallel life, is also an occasional stand-up comic. 
Hall 2 was almost full on level 1; the stage was set to give an intimate cabaret type feel with a curtained backdrop of muted green, purple, and a curious animal print pattern; Ian seated at the piano and Claire wearing a black jumpsuit and sitting on a high stool or standing at the end of the piano.  
They performed the songs solo, in harmony, or sometimes with alternate lines, a bit of scat, bringing out the latent jazz feel which many of Mitchell’s songs possess.  They did her proud and she in turn gave them some superb lyrics, such as (about loneliness) ‘ the bed’s too big, the frying pan’s too wide’ or ‘along came a lady in lacy sleeves’ or (about growing up) ‘cartwheels turn to carwheels through the town’. The songs included a partly unaccompanied Blue; Light Up; Borderline; My Old Man; Let Your Little Light Shine; The Hissing Of Summer Lawns; Come From The Cold; I Wish I Had A River; Carrie; Amelia; Case Of You; Parking Lot; Centrepiece.  
I'm not sure of all the titles but I think readers can get the feel of the evening from this.  The moderate amount of scat had a tinge of not taking itself too seriously, especially when Ian used his hand over his mouth as a mute at one point.  Claire showed amused modesty when Shaw mentioned, more than once, the fact that she’d been presented with the OBE by Prince Charles.  Then the audience was encouraged to join in a refrain on a couple of songs.  I thought this happened only at folk concerts!  To round off a great evening, three of us ladies had our photo taken with Ian outside the Hall! (l-r: Sarah Trevana, Ann Alex, Ian Shaw, Claire Kelly.)
Ann Alex

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