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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.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Colin Dawson w. Levee Ramblers New Orleans Band Springwell Village Hall - April 1

Colin Dawson tpt, Dave Rae  bjo & vcl, Liz Bacon - clt, Paul Bacon - dms, Jim Blenkin - tmb, John Robinson - db bs, Mac Rae – clt/ dms/ vcl.
(Review by Ray Robson)
The Levee Ramblers rose from the ashes of the "Rae Brothers N.O. Band", with virtually the same line up bar Mick Hill or guest trumpeters taking Mac’s original role. The Springwell weekly set has been going some time now, though we have personally only "discovered" it since the sad demise of "Jazz at the Fell".
Tonight was quite a special event, with not only the appearance on guest trumpet of Colin Dawson, but with a "one man band" virtuoso sit in from Mac Rae taking in first clarinet then later drums & vocals!
Colin is an International Jazz Trumpeter, these days still based in Germany, but proud of his roots & obviously quite happy to sit in with friends at a small venue, probably a nice relaxing evening for him too.
The first two numbers flew by while we appreciated quite what a musical feast we faced ...Careless Love then Mac subbed on clarinet with both he & Colin giving an excellent lead on Mahogony Hall Stomp. Mac added vocals on My Blue Heaven then Willie the Weeper and Corrine Corrine showed us Colin's undoubted talent & reminded us that the rest of the band were pretty good too! Louis Armstrong's Shine took us to the interval where we tried to catch our breath & replenish our glasses. Royal Garden Blues kicked off the second half, with Punch Miller's Long Distance Blues keeping the pace swinging along. A quick break in the music, as we enjoyed the recital skills of Ken & laughed at his satnav exploits ....great verse & humour. Another tactical team change ....Mac moving to drums with Liz recalled at clarinet & Paul sitting out ....Over in the Gloryland echoed round the hall with Mac’s vocals, then we took the Canal Street Blues and a Sentimental Journey to a rousing finale with It’s My Party.
Sometimes good nights just sneak up on you ....& this was one of them ....the Levee Ramblers will always entertain you, but the addition of such a classy trumpet player & the welcome albeit temporary return of the prodigal Mac I felt really gave the packed Hall a first class night of New Orleans Jazz ...well done to all of you players.
Ray

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