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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 26

Afternoon

Jazz

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.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 11:30am (street set) & 1:00pm stage set. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Geordie Jazz Man - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 5:30pm. £10.00. Screening of Abbie Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.

Gavin Lee: Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band - Shotton Colliery Officials Club, Shotton Colliery DH6 2JS. 5:30pm.

Blues

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Back to Basics - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15pm. Free. Set lists available, for details Facebook Darlington Jazz Club.

Federica Michisanti’s Trioness - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 260 3246. 8:15pm. £10.00 (£8.00 conc.). JNE.

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CD Launch: Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can @ Ronnie's Bar.

Kai Hoffman (vocals); Gunther Kurmayr (piano); Geoff Gascoyne (double bass); Sebastiaan de Krom (drums).
(Review by Lance.)
Ann Alex reviewed Kai Hoffman's latest CD enthusiastically - click here. However, just in case she was working for "The Sisterhood", I decided to check out the Launch at Ronnie's for myself!
As we waited for the doors opening I noted, across Frith Street, a blue plaque to no less a musician than Mozart. Little did he know how close he'd got to the big time!
In the upstairs venue known as Ronnie's Bar, the wine was flowing and '50s rock and roll was coming from the speakers. Kai was being sociable in a figure hugging black satin dress that looked good and was au fait with the music.
More vino then we were off! The dress had been replaced with a pink strapless affair - this was Marilyn 1954 but Kia was Kia 2013!
Some Boys took us through the album tracks culminating in Sweet Georgia Brown. I thought that Anita O'Day had made this her own but, tell you what, if she were alive, Anita would be looking over her shoulder and maybe Kia would have slipped past on the other side - both had/have great dress sense!
This was a sensational performance despite the high level of conversation in the adjunct. Apart from Kai, the guys in the band gave her perfect backing and Kurmayr's solos were exceptional. .
Prior to the performance, Walter Love of BBC Irish Radio introduced Kai in glowing terms - as soon as we heard her sing we knew it wasn't blarney!
Photos
Lance.
Kai Hoffman: Do It While You Can is now available on itunes or from Amazon or check out here.

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