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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 Saturday May 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - St. Cuthbert's Church Hall, Dovecote St., Amble NE65 0DX. 12:00pm - 3:00pm (music from 1:00pm). £10.00. See poster for more details.

Sax on the Tyne, St George's Church Hall, St George's Close, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2TF. 5:00-7:00pm. Free (donations). A Jesmond Community Festival event.

Evening

Baghdaddies - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. £10.00. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Lady & the Jazz Tramps - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Radio Pensacola Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Emma Fisk & James Birkett Play Venuti & Lang @ Sage Gateshead - June 20.

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett (guitar).
(Review by Lance).
A duo set by Birkett and Fisk celebrating the music of Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang followed by a Hot Club set by les tout ensemble better known as Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord.
Just as Venuti and Lang found a musical rapport in the 1920s, Birkett and Fisk have done likewise some 80/90 years later. Last night's performance showed just how timeless good jazz of any vintage is.
James and Emma may not be the trailblazers that Joe and Eddie were but it required their virtuoso talents to present it in an acceptable way to a present-day audience and the audience present yesterday showed their appreciation with prolonged applause at the end of the set.
Most of the tunes were on their recent CD - Birkett & Fisk play Venuti & Lang - which also just happened to be among my January CD of the Month choices. What I wrote then equally applies to this live session and I was pleased to see the albums turning over rapidly, and deservedly, at the CD sales desk outside of Sage Two.
For the record (no pun intended) this first set comprised: Sunday; Cheese & Crackers; Sunshine; Eddie's Lament; Kickin' The Cat; A Little Love, A Little Kiss; Pardon Me Pretty Baby & Raggin' The Scale, these were all from the CD. Sweet Georgia Brown and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square weren't on the album but only because they weren't part of the Venuti & Lang repertoire. They are, however, very much a part of the Birkett & Fisk songbook. Emma told us how well Nightingale had gone down during their recent tour, of which this concert was the final one, and hearing it I could understand why the listeners loved it. For me, that middle eight where the song opens up with a flourishing major scale - The moon that lingered over London Town - is what lifts the song above the rest and equals anything from the GASbook. Needless to say, tonight's two performers did it justice.
Lance.

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