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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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Nov. 27

(Review by Lance).

James Birkett is rarely seen on the jam session circuit but, tonight, he was part of the house trio and much appreciated by a decent turnout despite the atrocious weather and a couple of competing events at Sage Gateshead and the Bridge Hotel. 

As always, on these occasions there were highs and lows but, whatever, all taken in good spirit by players and listeners alike.

Stu Finden toted a gleaming baritone sax to great effect on Stella by Starlight and Yardbird Suite whilst Mrs Finden sang You Go to my Head with Mr Finden helping out on double bass. A little more volume on the mic would have helped the vocal. No such problems for Niffi who worked out on Do Nothin' Till You Hear From me and Let's Call the Whole Thing Off.


Always a pleasure to have Martin Waugh on piano. In deference, perhaps, to James Birkett who'd early played Django's Castle, he chose Nuages and there was some delightful interplay between the two. Later, he played a tune so familiar, it bugged me all night and it wasn't until I was homeward bound in a taxi* that I had my Eureka! moment - Stranger on the Shore.
Jeremy McMurray played piano behind John Rowland for What is This Thing Called Love? taken at rush hour tempo and a more sedate version of Sonny Rollins' Doxy. For some reason, I always think of this as a Monk tune - don't know why. 

Tenor and baritone had a blast on Tenor Madness then slowed things down for Tenderly - John Rowland played a nice cadenza at the end.

David Gray arrived in sartorial splendour and blew some triple tongued pyrotechnics on (pause) was it Cantaloupe Island or The Chicken or Milestones? Whatever, he lived up to his "Showtime" moniker. 

There were other songs that I may have overlooked and possibly other players such as the young keyboard player who, I think, needs a little more time in the woodshed...
No such prerequisites needed for Mo or Archie on drums who kept things a-swinging.

The finale had the whole gang up front with Fi providing the words to Bernie's Tune with Stu in Gerry Mulligan mode. Martin again on piano and, the only disappointment of the night, he didn't sing. Talking of which, Ray Burns sat in the wings with his accordion primed but they never even made it to the stage. 
Still, it was yet another enjoyable evening up "The Swannee".
Lance.
*The fact I hung on and went home by taxi rather than bus or metro is an indication as to how good a night it was (or how bad the weather was!)

James Birkett (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Stu Finden (baritone sax/bass); John Rowland (tenor sax); Martin Waugh, Jeremy McMurray, Brandon? (pianos);  Hazem Mohammed, Archie Williamson (drums); Niffi Osiyemi, Fiona Finden (vocals).

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