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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Jam Session @ Salsa.


Jazz has always been a battlefield. Whether it be the swing/bop or the trad/modern confrontations of yesteryear or the petty squabbles of today when Jazz needs a united front more than it ever has.
These thoughts were uppermost in my mind when I paid a visit to the initial Sunday afternoon jam at the Salsa Café.
Sunday afternoon jams are part of the Jazz Legend!
I can relate back to the Bluebell in Felling where, every Sunday in the 1960s, Teddy Langston and Arthur Luke took on all-comers and usually sent them home crying! I recollect Paul Gowland's dad Alan, being one of those who bit the bullet and held his own playing some brilliant vibes.
On my honeymoon - We went to a Sunday lunchtime jam at the Tally Ho in Kentish Town - the jam session to end all jam sessions.
So today, a jam at Salsa, meant the tradition had been revived and it looked good.
On stage, John Rowland (ten); Karan Rann (sop); Chris Finch (pno); Dave Parker (bs); Peter Ninnim (dms) + 2 guitarists whose faces I recognised but couldn't put a name to - was one of them Billy Mills?
I looked around me, the band had a good groove going on one of those bop numbers you know backwards but can't click with a title! Jen Errington and Kath Jobes were poised with lead sheets at the ready. Paul Gowland was unpacking his tenor and yet - although there were folks at tables - where was the supposed vibrant jazz community Newcastle so often boasts about? Apart from myself and the performers, where were the fans?
Wherever they were hiding, they missed a treat.
Jen sang Imagination and East of the Sun - love the way she ends this one. The band did Well You Needn't and our BSH correspondent Kath impressed with Good Morning Heartache. Paul Gowland moved on stage to blow some tenor behind K on They Can't Take That Away From me. If K picks up sax the way she's getting into singing then look out!
The band blew Four without fours and John Rowland put the jam to bed with In a Sentimental Mood.
Special mention of the rhythm section - Chris, Dave and Peter were rock solid.
The jam's on again next week so bring your horn, your axe and your support.
Lance.


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