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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 28, 2012

Gateshead International Jazz Festival – Blacktop + Spelk Sunday March 25

Blacktop: Pat Thomas (keyboards & electronics), Orphy Robinson (marimba) & Steve Williamson (tenor & soprano saxophones.)
Spelk: Chris Sharkey (guitar), Andy Champion (electric bass) & Adrian Tilbrook (drums)
The Sage in association with Jazz North East presented the final event of the 2012 festival and as has become tradition, the free jazz/improv end of the jazz spectrum took centre stage. Two trios – Blacktop and Spelk – played to a well attended hall. 
The benchmark was set by Spelk. Performances by the trio are few and far between. One suspects that, by design, there is little preparation with a ‘let’s go for it’ approach. Bassist Andy Champion and drummer Adrian Tilbrook, key figures on the regional scene, linked-up with Gateshead born Chris Sharkey (guitar) and it was as though they had been touring relentlessly for weeks on end. They were at it from the off. Champion’s killer electric bass riffs rattled around the room, Tilbrook’s bass drum pedals pushed to breaking point as Sharkey shot from the hip, balancing a-top pedals, writhing, pulling the trigger with sharp-shooter swagger. It is never just a gig with Spelk, it is an event, an occasion. Wherever they surface next be there and be prepared to take cover. 
Blacktop is another occasional happening. The prodigiously talented Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson have worked together over the years whilst saxophonist Steve Williamson has once more become an increasingly visible figure on the scene. His days with the Jazz Warriors brought him to the attention of a wider jazz public before going off to explore other (12 inch) grooves. A natural chemistry in the world of improv can be allusive and the inventive Thomas took command, eager to instigate a change of direction during the one hour performance. Robinson and Williamson offered repeated motifs which were frequently and abruptly interrupted by Thomas’ arresting laptop contributions.
Russell.

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