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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 Sunday May 26

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 11:30am (street set) & 1:00pm stage set. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Geordie Jazz Man - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 5:30pm. £10.00. Screening of Abbie Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.

Gavin Lee: Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band - Shotton Colliery Officials Club, Shotton Colliery DH6 2JS. 5:30pm.

Blues

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Back to Basics - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15pm. Free. Set lists available, for details Facebook Darlington Jazz Club.

Federica Michisanti’s Trioness - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 260 3246. 8:15pm. £10.00 (£8.00 conc.). JNE.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

CD Reviews The Virtuoso Jazz Trio Summer & Autumn

George MacDonald (clarinet), James Birkett (guitar) & Peter Stuart (double bass).
(Review by Russell).
Concerts by the Virtuoso Jazz Trio are few and far between so it is a delight to have these 2006 performances made available on two CDs. The recordings - Summer and Autumn - were made on tour, the tunes a selection from the Great American Songbook. 
A love of the material is clearly evident, the musicians playing together as friends.
Highlights are many, the musicianship impeccable, solo flights appreciated by musician and audience alike. The twenty tracks across the two CDs read like a compilation of the best of Desert Island Discs. Summer opens with After You’ve Gone and closes with a sparkling I’ve Got Rhythm.  In between there is Goodman, Jobim, Mercer and Carmichael, Hammerstein and Kern. Guitarist James Birkett flies on Airmail Special, the trio relaxed on The Girl from Ipanema and Skylark.
The second disc, Autumn, features more Jobim and Gershwin, there is Harold Arlen and Fields and McHugh. George MacDonald’s assured clarinet playing is one of many constants of both recordings, bassist Peter Stuart’s swinging sound, known to lovers of mainstream jazz sessions down the years throughout north east of England and beyond, is a joy, and guitarist Birkett’s many improvisations are of text book authority.
The CD cover artwork is by Irene Birkett, the in concert performances recorded by First Flight Recording. The CDs Summer  (VJT 101) and Autumn (VJT 102) are available at gigs. The trio’s next performance is at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle on Wednesday May 7. Unreservedly recommended - CDs and gig.  
Russell

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