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Jeff Lindberg: "You can have innovative new music and you can play music of the masters. They're not going to cancel each other out" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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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 Friday May 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Dave Kelly & Christine Collister - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA . Tel: 03000 266 600. 8:00pm. £18.00.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Lindisfarne Club, West St., Wallsend NE28 8LG. Tel: 0191 262 4258. 9:00pm.

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

Monday, January 07, 2019

CD: Wandering Monster

Latest Ubuntu Music CD to hit the passage doormat is this one by the strangely named Wandering Monster. It's ok and you can judge for yourself by listening here. It ticks all the boxes required by the young contemporary collegiate jazz person of today.

However, what confuses me is not the music - which is fine - but the gig listings. Most of the better known out of town venues are on the tour: Zeffirelli's (Jan. 12); Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (Jan. 17); Sela  Bar, Leeds - album launch - Jan. 20); Spotted Dog, Birmingham (Jan. 22) and many more. And, for once, Newcastle is included, mark Jan.15 in your diary. However, here's the rub, where does the gig take place? Sofar Sounds, it seems, is the place to be but, pardon my French, wtf is Sofar sounds?

Click here (if you can be bothered). Seems it's a secret location down Ouseburn way. They used to do this back in the 1890s when boxing was outlawed and the pugilists would trade blows for the Heavyweight Championship of the World on a barge - mid-river. This could be a clue as to the venue. Alternatively, you could buy the disc and stay home. 

This is either the greatest advertising ploy ever or it isn't. What puzzles me is why none of the other provincial gigs have adopted this approach? Someone enlighten me please - the world is passing me by...
Lance

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