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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 Friday May 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Dave Kelly & Christine Collister - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA . Tel: 03000 266 600. 8:00pm. £18.00.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Lindisfarne Club, West St., Wallsend NE28 8LG. Tel: 0191 262 4258. 9:00pm.

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

Monday, July 16, 2012

Alter Ego @ The Bridge Hotel. Sunday July 15.

Keith Robinson (alto saxophone), Niall Armstrong (tenor saxophone & flute), Alex Leathard (trombone), Andy Hawking (keyboards), Andy Champion (bass) & David Francis (drums)
Splinter at the Bridge booked bop sextet Alter Ego to close the current season of gigs prior to next week’s all day big bash finale. Blakey Blue Note bop, Latin and sambas formed the basis of two well balanced sets. Trombonist Alex Leathard, standing in for   the indisposed Dave Hignett (trumpet), handled the material with ease and made the  most of several solo spots. Johnny Griffin’s Nice and Easy featured contributions from Leathard, Niall Armstrong on tenor and Andy Hawking (keyboards). Armstrong impressed on flute, notably on Zee Kay 30. Andy Champion’s new five string fretless bass was given a good work-out with one or two most impressive solos thrown in for good measure. The set list included Art Blakey material and sure enough David Francis excelled, not least on the closer ETA. Alter Ego’s ensemble playing is a strength and each member of the sextet is a more than competent soloist. The audience appreciated their efforts…a shame therefore that so few people bothered to turn up. Next week get ready for a ten hour marathon. Arrive at noon, ensure the bar does good business, feel free to come and go throughout the day and enjoy some of the very best jazz you’re likely to hear in a month of Sundays. 12 noon, Sunday 22 July. All for £6.00.
Russell                 

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