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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Friday, March 06, 2015

King’s Hall Student Performances. March 5

(Review by Russell)
Members of Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra opened the one hour show with the first two movements of Ravel’s Le Tombeau. Folk singer Rachel Hamer (a future star) sang two numbers and then there were the jazz music students…
Joe Cromey-Hawke performed Steve Gadd’s famed 1984 Zildjian drum clinic demo. JCH had his eyes fixed firmly on the dots (zillions of them!) as the King’s Hall fell silent. An epic journey (seven minutes or so), Cromey-Hawke can play. Let’s hope he shows up at the Jazz Cafe’s jam session sometime soon. 
The afternoon drew to a close on a chilled vibe. Final year pianist Jamie Lawson worked alongside Ed Addo (trumpet and vocals) on two numbers – When Sunny Gets Blue (Addo without a mic) and  Just the Two of Us (Addo with mic, the dynamics so much better). Addo has a Hoochie Coochie soul voice and he too will hopefully make it to the Jazz Café. The prospect of Addo and Joe Fowler singing together whets the appetite! The duo gave us a third and final number – Addo’s I Love – and were joined by beat box drummer Dan Egdell. The Jazz Café awaits.
Leaving the King’s Hall, wandering down Northumberland Street, the sound of the all-weather busking electric bass player Ojay added to the afternoon’s entertainment. Further down the road a lone alto sax player (with kitsch backing tapes) made a fist of it on Lullaby of Birdland only to be rudely interrupted by an all-singing-all-dancing (of sorts) Hari Krishna troupe as they rounded the corner. You couldn’t make it up!  Our altoist wasn’t to be deterred moving into overdrive on the Headhunters’ Chameleon. The happy-clappy troupe admitted defeat and moved on. Meanwhile, around the corner at Grey’s Monument…Leonard (clarinet) and Florin (trumpet), aided/hindered by yet more kitsch backing were giving it some on a Balkan inspired cha cha cha number. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Newcastle’s live music scene!
Russell.

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