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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, August 30, 2010

Verona Chard w. Paul Edis Trio @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant, Jesmond.

Verona Chard (vcl), Paul Edis (pno), Mick Shoulder (bs), Rob Walker (dms).
Another evening of vocal delights at the Cherry Tree - this time by London songstress Verona Chard on her way home from Edinburgh.
Tonight, Verona was ably supported by the Paul Edis Trio who got things moving with a spirited version of Gone With The Wind. The lady herself came on and Got A Kick Out Of You whilst my fix was Rabbit and Smoked Ham Croquettes with Apple Sauce.
My Funny Valentine followed. This was a dramatic rendition with lots of unexpected spaces and coloratura leaps which, impressive as they were, I felt came a little too soon in the programme to be fully appreciated by the diners who were, in my case, allowing the taste buds to luxuriate in the Pork Chop with Spring Cabbage and Smoked Bacon, rather than give their undivided attention to such a compelling vocal.
Verona's amazing range was well in evidence on Fly Me To The Moon - in places she almost re-wrote the melody!
Angel Eyes - moody, climbing inside the lyric, probing - like a latchkey trying to find a keyhole after a night out.
All of Me was bouncy with an extended piano intro leading into the vocal. Despite her range I think our girl could have benefited with a lower key.
The set finished with Summertime and I finished with Iced Coffee Mousse with Amaretto Sabayan - I don't know what Amaretto Sabayan is but it tasted delicious.
Summertime wasn't bad either.
A bottle of Black Sheep Bitter and a quick chat with VC and JC (BSH contributor) then VC was back on for Killing Me Softly With His Song, Autumn Leaves and Sondheim's Fear No More.
An emotive Embraceable You, Where Flamingoes Fly and Night and Day rounded off another enjoyable evening at the Cherry Tree.
Paul Edis, needless to say was on form as was Mick Shoulder who had his fair share of solo space. On drums, Rob Walker kept things moving in his understated way. The groove was there.
Lance.

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