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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, November 22, 2018

George Shovlin and the Acoustic Radars @ Charts, Newcastle - Nov 21

George Shovlin (guitar, vocals); George Lamb (guitar); Paul Wilson (piano); John Taylor (bass guitar); Kev Scott (drums)
(Review by Russell) 

Thanks to Pub Culture (Dun Cow, Fire Station, Peacock in Sunderland, Dun Cow, Jesmond, Newcastle) acquiring and redeveloping the long-since closed Flynn's pub on Newcastle Quayside, veteran bluesman George Shovlin has set about establishing a blues night at the company's latest addition to its portfolio.    


Charts, as no.63 Quayside is now known, already hosts a weekly jazz jam session (Sundays 4:00-7:00pm, sitters-in welcome!) and now blues is on the menu. Wednesdays at eight there is a gig featuring some of the best of the region's bluesmen (and women). During October, the Trevors - Sewell and Brewis - played a gig at the waterside venue, as did Martin Fletcher and Chris James and the duo Auld Man's Baccie. Last night it was the turn of Shovlin himself and, in playing an acoustic set, he invited his Radars to join him. 

The split level pub with its walls full of artworks for sale (a black and white print of Billie Holiday has gone, sold last week) was busy a little after eight o'clock as Shovlin played some Furry Lewis. Fans and fellow musicians made the effort to get along and support this new venture. The hand pull dispensing Mordue's Workie Ticket worked overtime as Shovlin reworked some familiar material alongside one or two originals from the Radars' new album Nothing to Lose including Don't You Just Love the Blues? 

Jimmy Reed's Bright Lights, Big City stirred memories of 'Spoon singing the number up the road at the Corner House, Got Love if You Want It stirred memories of listening over and over to Slim Harpo on CD and then there was Big Maceo's Worried Life Blues

Blues at Charts is heading in the right direction - audience numbers are encouraging and, with Mr Shovlin's enthusiasm for the music, this one could be a winner. Next week (Wednesday 28), in a late change to the programme, Johnny Dickinson will be on stage from eight. The planned appearance of blues shouter Mo Scott (Little Mo, to some), is to be rescheduled to a later date.              

Russell 

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