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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, March 28, 2014

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Millstone. March 27

Brian Bennett (banjo & vocals), Fred Rowe (trumpet & vocals), Barry Soulsby (clarinet, alto saxophone & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), Bill Colledge (double bass) & Fred Thompson (drums & vocals)
(Review by Russell).
The weather on Haddricks Mill Road couldn’t have been worse – hailstones resembling golf balls, sleet, torrential rain. Top Cat had returned from Moscow so the boys in the band were on their best behaviour. Looking out of the window bandleader Bennett said April Showers seemed like a good one to start with, so they did, the month of April but a few days away. Fred Thompson and Barry Soulsby shared the vocal duties.
Fred Rowe sang Aint’ She Sweet?, played good trumpet on The Jackass Blues and sang again (there was no stopping the senior man in the band) – something called Inka Dinka Doo.
The Millstone does ‘classic’ pub grub – something and chips or if you fancy it, something else and chips. The Vieux Carré aspire to something a little more sophisticated – Jambalaya for instance. Thompson and Soulsby once again helped themselves to a portion of vocals, red beans and rice for Lawrence McBriarty (trombone), a real gumbo. Buddy Bolden’s Blues as a second course (Thompson’s vocals) with a pint of Bass made for a good choice.
The weather improved during the interval and second set the Vieux Carré Jazzmen picked up were they left off with a good selection of tunes. Palestrina (Rowe, vocals), Embraceable You (Thompson vocals, Soulsby on clarinet) and a rousting Bugle Boy March maintained the standard. Later Brian Bennett took time to talk about Malcolm Gray (trumpet/flugelhorn) whose death was announced earlier in the week. He dedicated Just a Closer Walk with Thee to the memory of Malcolm.     
Russell.                          

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