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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 01, 2018

October Choices

Gig of the Month.
Mingus Big Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall - October 21.
Leo Richardson Quartet - Ronnie Scott's - October 17.
Black Swan Jam Session - October 30.
APPJAG Awards - Pizza Express, Holborn - October 16. (Probably my 'Gig of a Lifetime'!).

CDs of the Month.
Sarah Eden - Ailleurs.
Evelyn Laurie - A Little Bit of Me. 
Tony Bennett/Diana Krall - Love is Here to Stay.
Caroline Scott - Khoalesce.

The above listings show just how stupid these 'Best of things' are (Apart from APPJAG Awards) picking just one of anything is impossible and in some cases insulting to other artists! Nevertheless...
The MBB were outstanding at both Middlesbrough and Ronnie's. The Leo Richardson Quartet were equally brilliant in their support set at Ronnie's so I've split them. The Black Swan Jam Session last night was a benchmark for both players and venues.
So many CDs - some I don't even have time to listen to (another 6 arrived today) - so, it's often the case that, if an album misses the cut, it's no reflection on the disc but on my staying power which is why I'm always appealing for reviewers to submit reviews of albums other than their own. 
Naturally, this post is open so let's have your choices...
Lance.

3 comments :

Russell said...

Gig of the month - Mingus Big Band @ Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Steve T said...

Another quiet one for me with a brock arm for the second half of the month.

Brotzmann at Toons Lit and Phil on 6th was wonderfully powerful but brief, the two support acts interesting but not really my thing.

Jasdeep Singh Degun at the Sage' Northern Rock on 19th was the best Indian gig Mrs T and I have seen that didn't have Zakir Hussain on stage, but we only did part two cos I'd just come out of hospital a few hours earlier.

Still trawling through piles and piles of Soul Albums. You'd think I'd have heard them all by now - you'd be surprised.

Steve T said...

And of course I rudely omitted Josh Schofield at Lescala in Sheffield, which clearly made Mrs T's diary, which obviously over-rules mine.

All three gigs (3?) were equally good in their own, very different ways.

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