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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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Blue Jazz Sextet/Off Key - September 20

George Anyfantis (keys); Keith Barrett (guitar); Karen Rann (sop sax); Jeff Smith (ten sax); Dave Parker (bass); Mark Robertson (reader, guest drummer); Off Key (novel)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo courtesy of Debra M)
It’s not often that a novel is part of a jazz band, but tonight it was the star of the show.  The second set consisted of relevant tunes, interspersed with readings from Mark, the author of Off Key, who hopped between the drum kit and the reading stool, even breaking into song during one of the readings, a well-sung snatch of Skylark.
This was a very enjoyable event, especially for those of us who’d read the novel, which is summed up well by the front cover description ‘The greatest story ever told about Love ...and Jazz (in Sunderland).’ I’d advise everyone not to miss out on this really good read, a love story with some pathos, and even a character called Crombie in one scene.
The readings were carefully arranged so that no spoilers were given. The members of the jazz band in the novel were described, hilarious episodes were read, such as the skeleton practical joke and the night the band played at a male strippers do.  Sadder pieces included a quarrel  that the lovers had about money.  The supporting music included such numbers as Scrapple From The Apple; Perdido; Blue Trane; Work Song and a superb version of Skylark, with a soulful tenor opening from Jeff, flowing piano and suitably gentle drums.  The music was skilled, as always from this band, right through to the final chord played long and strong from everyone.
In the first set, the band did their stuff well on such numbers as Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; a wonderfully boppy I Mean You; Footprints; Take The A Train; Song For My Father; Tenor Madness.  Good solos all round.  I especially liked Footprints, which had an eastern type of feel, especially from the saxes, and was dream-like and even slightly disturbing.  The newer members of the band, Keith on guitar and George on keys, did themselves credit in their solos. Readers will have gathered that the Blue Jazz Quintet is now a sextet, and none the worse for that.
Ann Alex    

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