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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Nina Ferro @ The Spice of Life

Nina Ferro (vcl), Grant Windsor (pno), Simon Little (bs), Martyn Kaine (dms).
Difficult one to pigeonhole - a mix of jazz, soul and good old rock 'n roll. Nina has a powerful voice that brought to mind Gladys Knight - the Queen of the Pips - as she strode through a selection of originals and vintage poppers (She opened with the Everly Brothers "All I Do Is Dream".) Her own "Tossing and Turning" was most certainly a rocker with Grant Windsor in Jerry Lee rather than John Lewis mode. Nevertheless whatever we call it it was crowd pleasing stuff.
Earlier the compere(ss) whose name I missed sang a more jazz orientated mini set. "Our Day Will Come", "Nearness of You" and "Teach Me Tonight".
There was an open mic set to come but by this time the day's oppressive heat had got to me so I called it an early night.
Prior to the gig, the chap on the door, after some banter, said to me "Newcastle? West Jesmond? Hebburn?"
I said how did you work that out?"
He replied "I lived in Edinburgh!"
Later he came over and gave me some tapes (Joe Harriott, Ronnie Ross w. MJQ live. Lennie Niehaus, Stan Getz.)
I thanked him and later he gave me a VHS of Supersax.
I thanked him again.
Next came a back issue of the Canadian Jazz magazine "Coda".
More thanks. I said, "I don't even know your name."
He replied, "I haven't got one!"
Nothing wrong with southern hospitality!
Lance.
Note for Angela - not a single bar of scatting!

3 comments :

David Francis said...

A nice surprise to see Martyn Kaine on the blog Lance. He went to school in Whitley Bay but has moved on to more exotic things - like playing with Kyle Eastwood and Eric Marienthal among others. He deserves all the success. He's a very nice guy and a fantastic drummer.

Lance said...

If I'd known that David I'd have introduced myself.

Hil said...

We went to 'Spice' to see a lovely singer called Juliet Kelly. Zoe had been communicating with her on myspace.
The same nice man on the door gave Zoe some tapes. Perhaps he is just a very kind gentleman?..or maybe he thinks us Northerners need educating in the finer points of jazz...;o)

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