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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.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

RIP Roy Hargrove (1969-2018)

We've become accustomed to our heroes dying - indeed most of mine already have. Fortunately, although the fallen are gone, there are ever new ones to, if not take their place, ensure that they are not forgotten whilst, simultaneously, making their own mark on the music.
Such a player was Roy Hargrove whose name can be rightly added to the trumpet lineage of Louis, Eldridge, Dizzy, Brownie, Miles and beyond. I only saw him once but that was enough to tell me that the future was in good hands. How sad to have to use the word 'was'.

June 28 at the Union Chapel, Islington. The year 2011. A 42-year-old trumpet player setting the venue on fire. Hard bop for today. A multiple DownBeat poll winner and the best trumpet player I'd heard since the above legends passed on, in a timeless world, maybe before.
Now Roy Hargrove is dead - he left us yesterday (November 2) after a heart attack.
He was 49.
Sadly missed - his music will live on.
Lance.
Listen to his most famous composition - Strasbourg Saint Denis.

6 comments :

Sid White (on F/b) said...

Gone too early I’ve got some great recordings of him with Herbie Hancock, fantastic player so sad.

David Gray (on F/b). said...

What? Goddamn it. He would've been on my bucket list!

Jude Murphy (on F/b). said...

Oh no!

Steve T said...

I'm sure he was due to play in Camden this year. Francis was planning a trip down.

0Laurie Brown (on F/b said...

In my memory forever playing "I Remember Clifford" on flugelhorn RIP.

Anne DeVere Harper (on F/b) said...

Too soon.

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