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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.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Rendezvous Jazz @ St Joseph’s, Birtley. December 5

Maureen Hall (vocals), Alan Smith (trumpet & flugelhorn), Don Fairley (trombone), Bill Brittain (keyboards), John Robinson (double bass) & George Davidson (drums & vocals)
(Review by Russell).
The first Arctic blast of winter, hailstones, snow flurries, the shortest day approaching. The long running Birtley Jazz Club opened its doors once again for the first Thursday in the month gathering of New Orleans/Dixieland fans. The CMS Club on Birtley Lane can count on the hardy few and they always turn out to hear Maureen Hall and Rendezvous Jazz.
Rosetta breathed life in to valves, tweaked bass strings and hamstrings. If the joint wasn’t exactly jumpin’ it got the joints moving. A couple of A-list deps – Don Fairley (trombone) and pianist Bill Brittain – answered the call, enabling Hall to keep the show on the road. Stalwart drummer George Davidson shared vocal duties with his bandleader. You Always Hurt the One You Love a highlight from Davidson. Hall provided highlight upon highlight – Dream, Nobody’s Sweetheart, Big Butter and Egg Man.
The band’s frontline knocked out classy solos. Seated on a highchair, trombonist Fairley, long since one of the north east’s finest, seemed to know all of the tunes – I guess he does. His every contribution hit the mark and the lean, towering figure of trumpeter Alan Smith alongside clearly enjoyed the pairing. Open, muted horn, occasional flugel, Smith led the line in style. Bill Brittain has been around the block a few times, Hall surely counts herself lucky to be able to call upon such a fine pianist. Wabash Blues and Canal Street Blues caught the ear, the latter number studded with excellent solos from Smith, Fairley and Brittain ably supported by the boys in the engine room (Davidson and the laconic John Robinson, double bass). Someday You’ll Be Sorry said Hall before she went looking for Bill Bailey.
You can find Maureen Hall and the boys at the Sandpiper in Cullercoats on Saturday (Dec 7, 8:30 pm) and if you can’t wait that long get along to the Black Horse in Monkseaton at one o’clock today (Friday). If you want a seat get there early, the session is doing great business.           
Russell. 

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