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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.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

EP Review: Alex Hitchcock Quintet - Live at the London & Cambridge Jazz Festivals.

Alex Hitchcock (tenor); James Copus (trumpet/flugel); Will Barry (piano/keys); Joe Downard (bass); Jay Davis (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Comparisions have been made with one of Miles Davis' classic quintets - the one with Wayne Shorter. A comparision that's pretty close. The themes are of that ilk and Hitchcock's tenor is in the Shorter vein whilst, dare I say it? Copus is a more exciting trumpet player than Miles. Admittedly Miles' emotional content may have been higher but for getting the adrenalin flowing, Copus wins hands down. I'm sure anyone who heard the band at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals where these were recorded live couldn't fail to agree with me.

The link below gives some background to the players and the recording and, despite their relative youth, they are already first-callers for many of the top names on the London scene. With this album and their forthcoming April/May tour coming up their profile will be even further extended and I'm pleased to note that they stop off at the Jazz Café, Newcastle on May 17.
Lance.
More details.
PS: The eagle-eyed will identify the album cover as being by the legendary artist Gina Southgate whose jazz scenes are acclaimed worldwide.

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