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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.

Monday, March 07, 2016

CD Review - Jazz @ The Spotted Dog, Birmingham


(Review by Lance)
The Spotted Dog in Digbeth, Birmingham, hosts weekly jazz sessions and this CD showcases the various bands who play there. I'm not sure if the CD is generally available or just a promo re gigs at the pub (every Tuesday). However, I'm sure it will be on sale at the pub and no doubt also available via the website.
The bands represented are the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra; Hanu-Tori; Mark Pringle's Moveable Feast; Toby Boalch Sextet; Mike Fletcher Trio; Outward Quartet; Jonathan Silk Big Band; FRIDA; Young Pilgrims; Autumn.
A diversity of styles indicating the vibrant scene that's happening in just one pub in our, so I'm told, "Second City".
If you're in Birmingham, drop by, on a Tuesday, for a Guinness and some jazz.
Thank you, Jonathan Silk (pictured), for this. If ever I'm down that way I'll certainly look in - providing there's more than Guinness on offer!
This got me around to thinking that there's a whole lot of bands that have made CDs in our "First City" [Newcastle] and wouldn't it be good if someone were to put together a compilation of what our north-east bands are up to?
And, whilst sales generated between, say, 12 bands, wouldn't amount to a hill of beans each, it would, however, make for a decent charitable donation to whatever...
Just a thought...
Lance.

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