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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 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - St. Cuthbert's Church Hall, Dovecote St., Amble NE65 0DX. 12:00pm - 3:00pm (music from 1:00pm). £10.00. See poster for more details.

Sax on the Tyne, St George's Church Hall, St George's Close, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2TF. 5:00-7:00pm. Free (donations). A Jesmond Community Festival event.

Evening

Baghdaddies - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. £10.00. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Lady & the Jazz Tramps - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Radio Pensacola Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - 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.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

R.I.P. Frank Wess

Just heard that Frank Wess died on October 30 aged 91. Really sad news. Who can forget the Basie concerts and records featuring Frank on alto, tenor or flute. The Atomic Mr Basie, regarded by many as the greatest big band recording ever, certainly deserves it's acclaim not least because of Frank Wess' alto feature on Fantail. He later switched to tenor and also became known for his increasing fluency on flute. His flute playing was particularly outstanding on another classic Basie track - Midgets. The Happy Cats by the Joe Newman Sextet was another where his fluting was well featured.. 
Most of us "of a certain age" will remember the days when the Basie Band played Newcastle City Hall or the Odeon at least once, maybe twice a year, and of course Frank Wess was in the saxes on many of those tours.
Sadly missed by all who heard him either live or on record.
R.I.P.
Lance.

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