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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, November 02, 2018

Classic Jazz Party 2018: Welcome Jam Session - Nov 1

(Review by Russell)
Ten at night and the Victory was packed. The Village Hotel's on-site pub sure did look welcoming with its open fire and rustic beams, our visiting American friends no doubt impressed at this little piece of historic England. Don't tell them, but it is, of course, late twentieth-century fakery! 

We were just down the road from New York, making our American friends feel right at home. That's New York, North Tyneside, not New York, USA. Easily confused, especially at night. The Classic Jazz Party's opening event was underway led by the all-American trumpet player Duke Heitger. Keeping him company from back home was first-time visitor to the CJP,  Dan Levinson. The tall New Yorker stood alongside the not so tall fellow reedman Matthias Seuffert, Completing the frontline, another debutant, trombonist Adrian Fry, a man as tall and talented as Levinson. 

Old Fashioned Love eased us into the three-day extravaganza, solos going across the frontline and on to the session's pianist, Martin Litton (see photo). A room full of classic jazz era aficionados would have hung around until silly o'clock but as the musicians on the stand had an early call - rehearsals from 8:30am - the one hour set drew to a close all too soon but not before an exquisite Skylark featured Heitger's mellow side and the two clarinets of Seuffert and Levinson. The all-British engine room - Litton, the always-acoustic Martin Wheatley playing guitar and a little banjo, the ever-reliable string bassist Malcolm Sked and percussion master Nick Ward - set the standard for the weekend's musical festivities.   

And that was it, save for the ebullient Jeff Barnhart playing an impromptu tune or two. Mule Walk was nothing short of brilliant; stride patterns for fun, nonchalantly done - easy when you know how! And to close (a request for Bridget, all the way from the States), Tijuana. It had been a wonderful start to this year's Classic Jazz Party. Friday's action begins at noon. Day tickets (ten hours of hot jazz plus a late night jam session) priced at £55 are available on the door.   
Russell.

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