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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

Afternoon

Jazz

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).

Blues

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.

Evening

Jazz

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.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Book Review - Peter King: Flying High - A Jazz Life and Beyond.

One of the events at GIJF that is most eagerly anticipated is the appearance by the Peter King Quartet. Peter King is, one of this countries greatest alto players - many people would say The Greatest - and who could argue? I have so many memories of hearing him
First time down at The Guildhall on Newcastle's Quayside with the Ed Faultless Trio. I was impressed then by his alto playing, a respect that grew some years later when I heard him with Red Rodney at the Corner House.
Flying High is an autobiography that charts his progress from blowing bebop to writing an opera. And, like his alto playing American contemporaries Art Pepper and Charlie Parker, it describes the pitfalls of following their lifestyles. But he survived - emerging with his musical skills intact
The book is also a wonderful look at the British modern jazz scene from the 1960's onwards - Tubbs, Ronnie, Seaman and all the usual suspects are there. I bought it on a visit to London and read it from cover to cover on the train home.
Buy the book, go to the concert - you will regret neither!
Lance.
Peter King: Flying High - A Jazz Life and Beyond. (Northway Publications). (Can currently be picked up on Amazon for £13.90.)
Peter King Quartet - Gateshead International Jazz Festival - The Sage, Friday March 23. 8:00pm.

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