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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.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Preview: Soft Machine @ Sage Gateshead - November 6

(Preview by Russell)
The Soft Machine. That's how they were billed in the sixties. Over time they became known simply as Soft Machine, later the Soft Machine Legacy, but not for long. On Tuesday (Nov 6) at Sage Gateshead, it's good old Soft Machine. 

Three long-serving members of one of Britain's most influential jazz-rock bands - John Etheridge, guitar, Roy Babbington, bass and drummer John Marshall - will take to the stage in Sage Two with Soft Machine's 'new boy' Theo Travis, reeds. Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayres, Elton Dean...just three of many familiar names to play an important part in the formation and development of one the Canterbury Scene's enduring outfits. John Marshall was there in the early days, so too Roy Babbington. John Etheridge got on board in the seventies and it’s only these last dozen or so years that Theo Travis signed up. 

Etheridge's CV includes working with Stéphane Grappelli, Trio North and countless straight-ahead gigs. Babbington has worked with many big names, not least Keith Tippett, Stan Tracey and Nucleus. Marshall's résumé boasts being a founding member of Nucleus and stints working with Graham Collier and John Surman. 

Twenty and more years younger than his bandmates, Travis has released a dozen or so albums of his own, collaborated with Robert Fripp and enjoyed a lengthy tenure with Gong. 

Soft Machine's world tour takes in Canterbury (of course!), then Sage Gateshead (Nov 6) with further British dates seeing out the year ahead of a 2019 trip to the States. Tickets for the band's Sage gig are available from 0191 443 4666.      
Russell.

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