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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.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jeremy McMurray-Roly Veitch Quartet with Mark Toomey @ Blaydon Jazz Club Christmas Party. December 15

Jeremy McMurray (piano), Roly Veitch (guitar & vocals), Neil Harland (double bass), Adam Sinclair (drums) & Mark Toomey (alto saxophone)
(Review by Russell)
The Black Bull on Bridge Street hosted Blaydon Jazz Club’s Christmas Party. A good turn out ensured the traditional buffet met expectations – plenty for all! Raffles prizes were plentiful, so much so that it was short odds on winning a prize. All of this, of course, was but icing on the Christmas jazz cake. The musicians, hand picked for the occasion, offered a cast iron guarantee of quality. No need to keep your receipt in the event of returning an unwanted gift on Boxing Day.
Erstwhile house pianist Jeremy McMurray made the journey from Teesside, so too altoist Mark Toomey, to link up with Blaydon’s main man Roly Veitch and the ace bass and drums pairing of Neil Harland and Adam Sinclair. The set list couldn’t be anything other than a Hep Cat’s Gasbook delight. High Spirits, East of the Sun, My Little Suede Shoes, Just Friends, The Nearness of You, Ornithology – every one a winner. Mark Toomey’s Bird affiliations are well known and he didn’t disappoint. His command of the language of bop clearly evident, Toomey took flight, secure in the knowledge that the ground crew – bassist Harland and drummer Sinclair – would guide him back to earth without mishap. Co-pilots Veitch (guitar and vocals) and pianist McMurray took the controls from time to time allowing Toomey to catch his breath. Parker’s Mood, one of many high points, heard Toomey at his best with subtle support from Veitch, Jeremy McMurray excelled throughout; left hand working overtime and to fit the season, quotes poured forth, be it carols or classic tunes. Truly impressive.
Blaydon Jazz Club always delivers the goods and this session at the Black Bull presented a wonderful early Christmas present. Thank you Santa.              
Russell.

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