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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.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Graham Hardy & Paul Edis @ The Lit & Phil. Nov 25

Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Brian Ebbatson)
Another Friday lunchtime, another full house. Yes, jazz at the Lit and Phil goes from strength to strength. November’s concert presented Graham Hardy and Paul Edis in a programme of original compositions and standards. The first five of ten tunes were, in order, written by Edis, Edis, Hardy, Edis and Hardy, of which two received a premiere public performance.
Hardy opened on flugelhorn on Edis’ McCoin a Phrase and 63 Years. The former a nod to McCoy Tyner, the latter a commission to celebrate the eightieth birthdays of a couple who had notched up 63 years –and counting – together. Boot Tree Blues (take a walk in Heaton Park and you’ll chance upon the tune’s inspiration, a kind of DIY art installation) featured the composer G.Hardy playing trumpet.

Two world premieres back to back. Edis’ It’s Been, It’s Gone, It’s Happened (Hardy on plungered trumpet) and Hardy’s The Pounce written a matter of weeks ago, its subject a rescued cat and its predilection for pouncing on the unsuspecting! The second half of the set turned to the familiar: Monk, Calderazzo (Joey), Van Heusen, Bach and Piaf. Pianist Edis offered the thought that you either like Thelonius Monk or you don’t. This begs the question: Who is this person who doesn’t like Monk? No matter, the duo played Ba-Lue-Bolivar-Ba-Lues. Time waits for no one – the Lit and Phil’s clock indicated it was almost time to go. Edis shared a truncated Two Part Invention No.4 with Hardy taking the right hand, Edis the left, and, gone two o’clock, Piaf: La Vie En Rose.

The Lit and Phil’s final lunchtime jazz concert of the year is one week before Christmas. Why not introduce a friend to one of Newcastle’s hidden gems? A lunchtime date, Friday 16 December, to hear Zoë Gilby sing. The concert starts at 1:00pm. Arrive early to ensure you get a seat or risk standing at the back of the room. Book in advance, telephone  0191 232 0192, or pay on the door, £4.00. Highly recommended.     

Russell.

 

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