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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.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Southport Jazz Festival: Alan Barnes' Octet - February 5.

Alan Barnes, Robert Fowler, Karen Sharpe (saxes); Bruce Adams (trumpet); Mark Nightingale (trombone); Dave Newton (piano); SimonThorpe (bass); Clark Tracey (drums).
(Review Steve T/Photos courtesy of Neil Hughes © Robert Burns.)
This was exactly the same band the North East Jazz fraternity are still talking about after their triumphant Christmas Carol Concert at Ushaw College in December.
That piece featured prominently here, Barnes confirming that playing Southport is like Christmas, alongside excerpts from his Sherlock Holmes Suite and a forthcoming commission about the Grimsby Fishing Industry.
He also played a Moment’s Notice by Coltrane which, he advised, will be how much notice we get when Trump presses the button. And apparently, there's a Trump Suite to look forward to in the future.
Barnes, in Jazz terms, is a national treasure; the genuine article, the real deal. A hilariously grumpy old Jazzman, forewarning Churchillian like, to beware Jazz without blues, sticking to his own path in the Jazz tradition, while constantly forging ahead with his own music, always quality, always with integrity and always with a story to tell.
Derek Nash said the night before you couldn't have a festival without Alan Barnes, and certainly that festival would be diminished. As always, at Southport the humour was working, the alto yearning and the virtuosity certain. 
It's also an all-star band, the third in a row that day to have a lone female, making three out of twenty-nine which I suppose is up historically so at least we're going in the right direction.
At Ushaw, he described Mark Nightingale as one of the best trombone players in the world, there's his old sparring mate on trumpet and two of his favourite saxophonists, including eye candy in the shape of Robert Fowler (sic). Where there's interplay it reminds me of those great Mingus records of the late fifties. When the five of them all play together, it's a sound to behold.
The rhythm section are just as awesome.
At the end he said it was great that people still listen to music, which is what it's for, and it isn't lost on me that I'm trying to write about music, which isn't what it's for - writing about - but I'm also aware that this is relevant to many of the recurring themes in my reviews.
I'm sure everywhere he goes is like a home crowd and this was no exception. He's due in Durham on Friday 10 at the Gala Lunchtime gig with Paul Edis, but tickets are long since sold out. He's then playing Darlington on the evening with Paul’s trio and a certain special guest. 
Steve T.
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