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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.

Friday, March 16, 2018

James Harrison Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle - March 16

James Harrison (piano/drums); Anth Ord (bass guitar); Tom Chapman (drums).
(Review by Lance).
The monthly Friday lunchtime sessions at the Lit and Phil are rapidly becoming an automatic entry into the jazzoholic's diary. As with the Gala lunchtime gigs at Durham, they are invariably sold out. Today's session may not have been totally sold out but, for latecomers, it was standing room only.
When the attraction is the James Harrison Trio, understandably so.
Three young men of talent, they delighted the audience with their brand of piano jazz. Harrison is that rare breed of jazz musician who can be both creative and entertaining at the same time. 
Bass guitarist Ord once played a wrong note but it was so long ago that jazz historians are still unsure of the actual date - there were none today. 
Chapman's solos were absolutely compelling although his position was challenged when Harrison leaped from the piano stool and joined him in a drum duet. I think the tune was Putting on the Ritz although Fred Astaire would have had his work cut out dancing to this version!
One of those afternoons that you hope will never end. The pieces flowed; from the pianist's unaccompanied, rhapsodic intro to the opener right through to the closing Yardbird Suite. In between we had, among others, Mambo Inn, Put on a Happy Face, Strasbourg  St. Denis, Obsession and an unaccompanied piano solo - There Will Never Be Another You. Not the tear up so beloved of jammers but a delicate, sensitive, version dedicated to the late trumpet player Pete Papprill an early mentor of James. A deserved tribute by one great musician to another.
Outside, it didn't matter that it was raining - I felt like Gene Kelly (come to think of it, didn't James insert a quote from that movie during an exchange of fours?)
I'm sure the trio will be back to the Lit & Phil but, in the meantime, there are other delights in store;
April 6:  Birkett & Johnston Duo.
May4:    Alan Barnes & Paul Edis.
June 22: Ushaw Ensemble.
Lance.

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