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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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jazz Café Jam September 16

Peter Gilligan (pno); Bradley Johnston (gtr); John Pope (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Brian Lynham (hca/vcl); Hannah Wilson (vcl); Ray Truscott (bs gtr); Kathryn Lowdon (vcl).
(Review by Lance/photo by Mike Tilley).
The house trio became a quartet tonight with the addition of  Bradley on guitar. How well this young man has mastered the idiom slotting in comfortably with Gilligan, Wight and Pope John - the latter depping for the absent Paul Grainger.
Days of Wine and Roses took off as if the bar and the florist were about to close in 3 minutes time! The quartet made it! Johnston provided the melody for All the Things You Are, Gilligan took us to Dear Old Stockholm followed by some Latin rhythms on that bossa nova with 20 different names. Tonight it may have been sailing under Carnival. 
Brian Lynham brought his harp to the party and he was asked to play. Stormy Weather was the forecast although later he gave us a rockin' version of Summertime complete with vocal to complement the bluesy sounds from his Hohner 270.
Bradley kept the blues theme going with Things Ain't What They Used to Be. On piano, Gilligan, oblivious to the instruments failings, was playing a blinder and never more so than on Anthropology taken at Tempo Di Lick (fast!) guitar and piano playing in unison.
A new kid on the block was Hannah Wilson who gave an imaginative rendition of My Funny Valentine - look forward to hearing her again.
The Pope took a well-earned break and Ray Truscott (pictured with Bradley Johnston) added a couple of extra strings to the bass section and admitted he had Met Miss Jones.
Skylark and Canteloupe Island kept the ball in play. The former delicate and reflective, the latter funky and soulful. 
John Pope came back on for the bass feature Mr PC - a tune dedicated to former Miles Davis bassist Paul Chambers and nothing to do with being a computer, a constable or a politically correct person.
Other gems included Moonlight in Vermont, Chick Corea's 500 Miles High and In a Mellotone before the ebullient Ms Lowdon socked it to us with Stormy Monday.
Another good day at the office.

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