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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, March 22, 2018

SNJO April concerts

Kenny Wheeler's "Sweet SisterSuite
Featuring Laura Jurd on Trumpet and Irini Arabatzi on vocals.
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The Music of Mary Lou Williams with Brian Kellock on piano
April 20 - 22nd in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh at 19:30hrs.
(Press release)
Sweet Sister Suite was specially commissioned by the SNJO in 1997 and composed by the late Kenny Wheeler with parts for trumpet and voice alongside improvised elements from other orchestra members.
The SNJO are delighted to perform this wonderful music again with award winning trumpet player, Laura Jurd and singer Irini Arabatzis and to contrast it completely with music by one of the most admired and respected women in jazz history: Mary Lou Williams.

Kenny Wheeler was a Canadian composer and trumpet player, based in the U.K. from the ‘50s. A major figure in modern jazz, his reticent nature belied the touch of chaos present in his lyrical compositions. A critic once remarked: “Few musicians have made more noise with less fuss”.
Mary Lou Williams (b.1910) was one of the first successful women in jazz. Known as “the first lady of the jazz keyboard”. She was an American jazz pianist, who composed and arranged hundreds of scores and recorded >100 records. She wrote for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman and was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie.
These concerts contrast two different kinds of jazz demonstrating continuity of the form and its startling capacity for reinvention. Wheeler and Williams were career jazz musicians who belonged to quite different eras but they both created jazz music with purpose, vision and emotional resonance that marked their respective jazz times.
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NB we operate a  Free Ticket policy for ALL schoolchildren to encourage schools and families to attend and in addition ANYONE aged 16 - 25yrs inclusive, can buy tickets for only £5 with a SNJO youth card via our website www.snjo.co.uk

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