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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 Sunday May 19



Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar - Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth NE24 3PQ. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free. 'Blyth Battery Goes to War Weekend'.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio (James Harrison, piano).


Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Archie Brown & the Young Bucks - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.



Sue Ferris Quintet - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Philip Clouts Quartet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00 (£7.00 student).

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

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Customs House Big Band. Open Rehearsal @ New Crown, South Shields.

It may have been a cold night outside but inside the New Crown Hotel plenty of heat was generated as witnessed by a small but select audience.
In the first half the band, under the direction of Peter Morgan, took apart, honed, polished and re-assembled Flight of the Foo Birds, I've Found A New Baby and Witchcraft, all of which to the casual listener seemed good the first time through but were all improved appreciably by the end.
In concert mode in the second half they kicked off with Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue (sans banjo) A beautiful Here's That Rainy Day arranged by ex Kenton arranger Dee Barton with some lovely chords and a sonorous trombone chorus. The exciting Jazz Police by Gordon Goodwin gave the band a good workout as did the final number Nasty Cat which they dedicated to to the late, great Ralph Stobart a founder member of the band and brother to the better known Kathy.
Interspersed with all the excitement Ruth Lambert sang Mambo Italiano, My Heart Belongs To Daddy, and Summertime with some down-home plunger trumpet growls from Paul Gledhill. I can't compete with the purple prose of Lance in describing Ruth but I will say that for my money there ain't many better, and the same goes for the Customs House Big Band. Catch them at Blaydon Jazz Club this month or at the Customs House in March and as a bonus the next open rehearsal at the New Crown on March 2nd.
Miles Watson
p.s. Listening to the rhyming of Finnan Haddie with Daddy I wonder how many surreal rhymes you bloggers can come up with. Midnight Sun's alabaster palace with aurora borealis, springs to mind.


Roly said...

I like 'our veranda can command a - view of meadows green' from 'The folks who live on the hill'.
Hmmm - the art of the lyricist.

Lance said...

I like the line from "Ten Cents A Dance" that goes - 'Soldiers and Sailors and Bow-legged Tailors.'

Lance said...

Another rhyming couplet that caught my fancy was from a forgetable pop song - "I'll Never Fall In Love Again".
It went something like:
What do you get when you kiss a guy?
you get a lot of germs and catch pneumonia,
After you do he doesn't phone ya,
Oh I'll never fall in love again.

Liz said...

Loads of them, but I think every line of "Mountain Greenery" has to qualify

Lance said...

Here's another rhyme:
"Key of the door,
never been twenty one (ish) before..."
Happy Birthday Liz

Ruth said...

My fave has to be 'it's heaven when you...find romance on your menu' from What a difference day makes.

Liz said...

And here's another...

"Strictly between us
you're cuter than Venus
and what's more you've got arms!"

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