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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 Thursday May 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Elina Duni + Trio FCT - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00.

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Friday, July 06, 2012

Relaxin’ at Blaydon Jazz Club with James Birkett/Graeme Wilson Quintet July 5.

James Birkett (guitar), Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Jeremy McMurray (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums) + Bradley Johnston (guitar).
(Review by Russell).
 Blaydon Jazz Club’s summer concert featured an all star line-up brought together by guitarist James Birkett. GAS book, bossas and bop charts were on the musical menu. Berlin, Gershwin, Jobim, Bird and Bud proved irresistible – They Say It’s Wonderful, ‘S Wonderful, Chega de Saudade (No More Blues), Relaxin’ at Camarillo and Bouncin’ with Bud were just some of the choice tunes on the platter. 

Tenor star Graeme Wilson, first heard by this reviewer several years ago accompanying vocalist Ruth Lambert at the old Blaydon Jazz Club venue (the Sports and Social), cruised through the gears and the changes with consummate ease, stretching out in leisurely fashion, the hallmark of a top class player. The assembled quintet had more than its fair share of soloists – Birkett’s abilities are second to none and house pianist Jeremy McMurray knows his way around the keyboard. Bassist Mick Shoulder eschews the limelight yet he too can do the business when called upon and his rhythm section partner Adam Sinclair trades fours as well as anyone you care to name – subtlety, invention and no little humour belie his youth. 
As has become tradition club regulars brought along food offerings making for a splendid banquet to accompany a bottle or two of Jenning’s Cocker Hoop. Rising star Bradley Johnston took to the stage to play a guitar duet with mentor Birkett and once again garnered plaudits for his rapidly developing talents. The duo breezed through a Birelli Lagrene number in some style of which the composer would have approved! Johnston joined the quintet during the second set for a couple of numbers and more than held his own. The jazz on offer at Blaydon comes up trumps time after time. The next session is in September (Thursday 6th) and whatever you do don’t miss it. Tenor saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos is exceptionally good and as a bonus he will be working with the exceptionally good Paul Edis Trio (the bass and drums pairing just happens to be Shoulder and Sinclair).
Russell       

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