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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.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Johnny Griffin R.I.P

I learned today, via Paul Bream, the sad news that tenor saxist Johnny Griffin has died at the age of 80.
Once known as 'The Fastest Gun in the West', the 'Little Giant' - a title he appropriately shared with Tubby Hayes - made a memorable appearance at Newcastle's Connaught Hall back in the 1960s - one of Jazz North-east's earliest promotions. I remember the concert well as I was propping up the bar of the Eldon Grill for a pre-concert beer when Johnny Griffin and pianist Damian Robinson came in and stood next to us. Immediately, my buddy, Charlie Carmichael, attempted to engage him in a conversation about mouthpieces but Johnny was more interested in the products of Newcastle Breweries than Otto Link.
Finding our local brew to his satisfaction, he then crossed over to Connaught Hall where he preceded to give a masterclass in saxophone playing that may well have influenced Charlie's future stylistic endeavours. Who knows but that even now they are talking mouthpieces?
Farewell to another one of the greats.

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