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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, April 05, 2018

Jazz Café Jam Session - April 3

(Review by Lance).
Easter - students have gone home, outside a mini monsoon is flooding the streets, the audience arrives in dribs and drabs, perhaps thinking that they too should have gone home. The trio start playing, it's stopped raining and folks are glad they didn't stay home.
Some have travelled from London, from Northallerton, from Edinburgh and various points in between.
I Should Care; Prelude to a Kiss; Solar. Mark was on fire! Any young hopefuls who came in with a guitar case either kept it shut or drank up and went home to practice. Not so more senior performers with flugelhorn and flute cases. Hardened veterans such as Ray Johnston and Josie Bennington opened the batting for the visitors with a spirited version of Louis Bonfa's Samba De Orfeu and Brubeck's The Duke.
First vocal of the evening came from that hoary old campaigner Dave Weisser. Green Dolphin St. supplied the setting and Dave supplied the words before Jude Murphy blew a flute solo that blew everybody to buggery. The bar stood high for a long time tonight. It would get higher...and even higher...
The Early Birds were out late with James Metcalf and Alex Thompson making good use of the jazz knowledge absorbed from musical educationalist supreme, Paul Edis, and, of course, Sage Gateshead for helping facilitate it. Should this facility cease to be, as the Chinese whispers seem to be suggesting, it would be a disaster of the first order. James and Alex, with Matt Fairhurst (another comer) gave us There Will Never be Another You and I'll Remember April, We certainly will but not quite yet.
Martin Waugh was now on piano, David Gray wielded his trombone threateningly, Jude and Dave lurked, horns at the ready, Josie and Ray were upfront, Matt and PG brought up the rear awaiting Chloe Watson to give out with At Last which she did at last.
Strident, red-blooded and soulful, the spirit of Etta James was ever present.
The spirit of Etta was replaced by the spirit of John Coltrane as Johnson and Gray took the Blue Trane.
Ben Richardson and Harry Still dug in behind Dave and Jude on Beautiful Love before Early Birds James and Alex, along with David Gray, played Oleo. Ben Richardson took the kudos on this one. His solo drawing whoops and hollers from the audience.

Game over?
Enter John James Garner, violin.
An original and then a free for all on St. Thomas. The visiting violinist held his own - even  David Gray who blew a 'bone solo to die for didn't quite catch the funky fiddler.
Sadly, it was Metro time so I missed the return of Chloe.
Another fine jam you've got me into...
Photos.
Lance.
Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Ray Johnson (flugel); Josie Bennington (flute); Dave Weisser (cornet/vocal); Jude Murphy (flute/alto); Matt Fairhurst (drums); James Metcalf (trumpet); Alex Thompson (alto); Chloe Watson (vocal); David Gray (trombone); Martin Waugh (piano); Harry Still (drums); Ben Richardson (piano); John James Garner (violin).

3 comments :

Jude Murphy (on F/b). said...

Lance, by the way, the fabulous vocalist's name is Chloë Watson :)

Chloe Watson (on F/b) said...

Aww thanks Jude xx

Lance said...

Sorry Chloe, I thought someone called you Colleen - must have been someone else!

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