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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.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

CD Review: Marcos Varela - San Ygnacio.

(Review by Lance).
One of the many highlights of last year's GIJF was the session by "The Cookers". A session that featured high on many of  our 'Gig of the Year' listings and justifiably so. When I noted that two of those gig-scarred veterans, Hart and Cables, were on this album I shuffled it to the top of the pile without apology!
Hart's drumming is everything we've come to expect of a man whose CV includes just about every jazzer of consequence. Cables? Good enough for Art Pepper, good enough for me!
And good enough for Varela - or is that vice-versa? The bassist/leader is a 'comer' and, in years to come, will himself be "a Cooker" In the meantime, he's keeping the pot boiling with some mighty fine [he's from Texas] bass playing.
Of the others who drop by for a track or two, Clifton Anderson scores on trombone.
The opener is the only standard - Cables' arrangement of I Should Care.
Varela qualifies the inclusion of the gasser: The jazz community wants to hear you play over a standard and know you have that ability. If you can't play a standard, it negates your jazz legitimacy.
At last someone has said it!
No doubts about the legitimacy here!
If BSH awarded stars this would have as many as you could see on a clear night at midnight.
Lance.
Available  March 18.

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