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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 Monday May 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Peter Gilligan Quintet The Music of Horace Silver - Splinter @ the Bridge April 20.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Don Forbes (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Grainger (bs); Dave McKeague (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo by Zoe Gilby).
Zoe's interview with Peter Gilligan gave us a foresight of what to expect and we got it - in spades! It would be easy to say that you can't go wrong with the music of Horace Silver and you can't - providing you can play in the first place. These guys can play!
Tokyo Blues; Opus De Funk; Liberated Brother; Peace; Tippin'; Filthy McNasty and Nutville made for an exciting  first set. Gilligan plays two-handed piano like a 21st century strideman never failing to get to the heart of the music. Turner was given ten days to learn the library - you'd have thought he'd been playing it since birth! Forbes is a forceful player melodic and mellow making this a contrasting and yet compatible front line. Grainger - the bass man's bassman - never flamboyant but always there. On drums Dave McKeague, sympathetic in support and sound in solo.
The second set gave us St. Vitus Dance; Strollin'; Lonely Woman (Don Forbes feature); Quicksilver; Summer in Central Park (intended to have been a feature for incapacitated vibes man Chris Jelly); Nica's Dream and a surprise finale with an earthy vocal from Zoe - who also took the above photo (which I took the liberty of lifting from F/b my own camera being naughty at the moment!)
Great night. Shame it had to clash with Alter Ego's gig Way Out West in Blaydon - I wanted to be at both!.

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