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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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lindsay Hannon and Guests @ The Cherry Tree April 7

Lindsay Hannon (vcls); James Harrison (p); John Pope (db); Tom Chapman (drs)
(Review by JC).
A recent leg operation meant that the Gateshead Jazz Festival was out of reach but a nice compensation was that a trip to the Cherry Tree just up the road was possible. Lindsay Hannon and the band were in great form, both in seeming to be enjoying themselves and also playing very well. The first song was I Can't Give You Anything But Love and James Harrison quickly showed his intent by launching into a full-blooded solo demonstrating how his playing continues to develop at a fast pace. What is great about Lindsay Hannon and the band is that each of the songs, although mostly standards, has individual touches added to it to give it something extra. Miss Otis Regrets was taken at a slow, soulful tempo full of languid regret, while I Thought about You had a moody double bass and voice intro which the drums and piano then took into double time with Harrison seeming to go into double, double time for his solo. Blues in the Night had a saloon bar feel with touches of barrelhouse piano.
When it came to the next song here was a slight incident at our table. One of my dining companions is very knowledgeable about quite a lot of the Songbook so I often check titles and composers with him. So when Lindsay Hannon started a song with a bossa nova feel that I didn't recognise I leaned over and asked what the title was. I was a little taken aback when he replied 'For Heaven's sake!' I sat back wondering what I'd done but we managed to sort it out later. I didn't know the next song either but I kept my counsel, however I liked the way it ended with a gentle coda.
Get Out of Town featured a fine solo from John Pope and some extra suggestions from Hannon. As well as 'on your mark, get set' she added 'Get a taxi'. I think she wanted to be certain he got out of town. Next was a lovely version on What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life, followed by Secret Love, no doubt to celebrate Doris Day's 90th birthday a few days earlier. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay for the whole second half and left to the sounds of There Will Never be Another You with a fine solo from Tom Chapman on the drums.
The food was consistently excellent as usual and great value for the set menu. Word is obviously spreading amongst young jazzers about the great musical and gastronomic experience in the Cherry Tree on Monday nights as there were at least six children under ten with a couple of them jiving their way down the stairs. Could this be the new jazz audience at last!
JC

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