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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (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 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, May 16, 2019

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival: Reflections...

(Review by Russell)

The 2019 Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival drew large numbers with several events standing-room-only affairs at venues across the market town. The weather began in typically Lakeland fashion (overcast with the threat of rain) and ended in atypical fashion - two blue sky days with wall-to-wall sunshine. 

Concerts from noon 'til late, venues (club, function room, church) all within easy walking distance, food, drink, Main Street jazz sessions, the annual brolly parade and, of course, all of this to a glorious Lakeland backdrop. 
The Keswick (Jazz) Buskers were out and about early raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Over the years the band has raised hundreds of pounds and they'll be back next year doing more of the same. Malcolm Hogarth's impromptu sessions popped up on Main Street and his daily jam sessions in the Pack Horse Inn went down a storm.  

Keswick likes dogs (there isn't a pub or shop in the town which would ever contemplate denying entry to our four-legged friends) and walkers, with or without a four-legged friend. The many hostelries did good business especially those savvy enough to have a handpull on the bar reserved for the Keswick Brewing Company's Jazz Session beer. 

The jazz was consistently good (some of it really, really good!), the organisation was as it should be (casual, professional) and everyone appeared to have a great time. Roll on 2020 (May 7-10).     
Russell

1 comment :

Patti said...

Just as Russell says, it was a fabulous jazzy weekend - and jazz loving toon residents can get to Keswick easily, by car, or train to Carlisle, then a scenic bus ride to the Keswick Bus Station. From there, it'll be a short stroll to the B & B or hotel of your choice - there are zillions to choose from.

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