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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 Sunday May 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar - Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth NE24 3PQ. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free. 'Blyth Battery Goes to War Weekend'.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio (James Harrison, piano).

Blues

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Archie Brown & the Young Bucks - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Sue Ferris Quintet - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Philip Clouts Quartet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00 (£7.00 student).

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

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party 2018 @ Village Hotel, Newcastle - Nov 2 (afternoon)

Friday, day one proper of the annual festival, got underway with the now familiar Tribute to Mike. Keith Nichols, one of Mike Durham's key allies over many years, led the session with the help of Enrico Tomasso (the trumpeter would be announced as winner of the trumpet category in this year's British Jazz Awards the day after the festival ended), genial American 'bone man Jim Fryer,  festival favourite Matthias Seuffert, reeds, Spats Langham playing guitar and banjo, Frenchman Henry Lemaire playing string bass, and one of the many vituoso percussionists at this 2018 gathering, Nick Ward. 

Riverboat Shuffle rooted this tribute in New Orleans. Up a Lazy River then Spats singing and playing guitar on the Elsie Carlisle-inspired You Got Me Crying Again and the closing number, The Song Has Ended But the Melody Lingers On

Teschemacher and Bechet, two icons of the clarinet; first Chicago's Austin High School Gang with the focus on 'Tesch', then Bechet in Europe with Ellington, the latter featuring the singular talent that is Ewan Bleach. The 'Forgotten Saxophone Player' Jack Pettis finally took his posthumous turn in the spotlight courtesy of Michael McQuaid and local star, violinist Emma Fisk, led a Joe Venuti-Eddie Lang/Grappelli-Reinhardt set with 'her Boys' - Spats Langham and Henry Llemaire as the legendary guitarists, supported by Martin Litton, piano, and perhaps the weekend's busiest musician, Malcolm Sked, on string bass. Emma, placed third in the British Jazz Awards' Miscellaneous category, impressed with her to-be-expected flawless performance. 

Fats on Film - Stormy Weather looked at Fats Waller's rare celluloid appearances. Jeff Barnhart is a real entertainer and a band comprising the likes of Duke Heitger, Josh Duffee and Nicolle Rochelle couldn't go far wrong and it didn't. 

Drummer Duffee remained on the stand to close the afternoon session with Jean Goldkette - After Bix (1928-29). Hot jazz dispensed in hot, hot style by the erudite Duffee and his band which included fellow Americans Mike Davis and Andy Schumm, trumpets, and New Orleans pianist David Boeddinghaus. Out front on the floor, three familiar faces to north east audiences - the string players Emma Fisk, Dawn Allen and Kay Usher - did the region proud.      
Russell   

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