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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Loss of a Legend RIP Barrie Ascroft

I've just received the sad news that pianist Barrie Ascroft died peacefully last night (October 1). Barry, a longtime associate of Dave Weisser, Jude Murphy and the Take it From the Bridge ensemble, was an outstanding, if somewhat eccentric and self-effacing pianist who nevertheless always delivered the goods.
His eccentricity, I know, came from an accident some years ago but never seemed to affect his playing.
The onstage banter between Dave and Barrie could appear to be cutting but, beneath it, there was genuine love and respect for each other.
The Take it to the Bridge gigs, spread across many venues over the years can, and hopefully still will, claim to be the longest running jam session/jazz workshop in the northeast.
In recent years, the session took root at The Chillingham in Heaton, before moving on to its present home at The Globe where it now a Wednesday night fixture. 
Barrie, needless to say, played great piano wherever the session took place and, if there was another pianist present, he had no qualms about moving over to bass guitar. Truly a man of many talents and one who will be sadly missed.
Tomorrow's session will go ahead. As one insider put it: "If it hadn't, the old rascal would have berated us and told us just to bloody well get on with it."
Legend is a term sometimes used loosely but in this case, in Tyneside jazz circles, it has never been more appropriate.
Rest In Peace Barrie - they broke the mould.
Lance.

1 comment :

ray johnson said...

Rest in peace Barrie. You will be greatly missed.
Ray Johnson

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