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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.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant.

Graham Hardy (tpt/flg), Mark Williams (gtr), Neil Harland (bs), Rob Walker (dms).
The Cherry Tree's admirable Monday night policy of presenting quality jazz and good food at the right price is one that must be applauded and is worthy of support.
Tonight's musical menu saw the Graham Hardy Quartet lay down impeccable versions of "Bye Bye Blackbird", "'Round Midnight", Clark Terry's "In Orbit", "Long Ago & Faraway", "The Touch of Your Lips", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and others including a delicious version of "The Star-Crossed Lovers" - Ellington's take on the Romeo & Juliet affair. Graham played flugel on this bringing out the pathos and poignancy of the young lover's doomed romance.
Mark Williams yet again displayed incredible fluency soloing with ease and inventiveness throughout. Some of his chords were surely created in heaven and rubber stamped by the devil!
Neil, as ever, unobtrusive and always swinging, keeping the pulse beating and Rob Walker adding the vital spark to the unit.
Of course at The Cherry Tree there is more than music to digest. There is food of the highest quality and it would ill-become me not to mention tonight's two-courser.
For my starter, on the owner's recommendation I opted for Smoked Chicken & Celeriac Soup with Truffle Oil. It was a good tip. I kept on the chicken run for my main course choosing Pan Fried Chicken with Tarragon & Brown Bread Sauce. Again delightful.
I should also mention that the Jazz Concert menu offers a choice of 5 starters, 5 main courses and 5 sweets (perm any 2 courses from 3).
Really amazing value with or without the jazz.
Next Monday it is the Mark Toomey Quartet. Mark on alto with Jeremy McMurray (pno), Peter Ayton (bs), Kevin O'Neil (dms).
Mark is one of the best Parker style alto players around so it looks to be another good night.
Lance.

1 comment :

cptfinch said...

I'm certainly going to try and make it when I can. Mackerel for starters, pork with noodles for main and pears in chocolate crepes for dessert. Was delicious. Music was good as well. I enjoyed the Billy Taylor number 'I wish I knew how it felt to be free'.

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