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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 Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Gabriele Mit Drei with Gordon Phillips: City Library, Newcastle March 8 International Women’s Day


Gabriele Heller (vocals, kazoo); Paul Beck (keyboard); Steve Glendinning (guitar);
Dave Parker (double bass); Gordon Phillips (poetry).
(Review by Ann Alex.)
This was a fine contribution to International Women’s Day from a talented poet, and Gabi and the band, who reached the high standard that we’ve come to expect from this outfit.  And it was free, with tea or coffee and biscuits as well!
Songs by Gabi alternated with Gordon reading out his interesting poems, which ranged from a tale about a woman who loved haggis, to a feminist statement She’s No Longer Spoken For; a poem about the lack of women on official boards; poems concerning a girl singer; one about a dressmaker; and a poem about a woman who was a refugee from the troubled political situation in Burma.  Gabi began the set with a Quincy Jones song calling out to the sisters (not sure of the title); followed by Broken Silence, (lyrics by Gabi and tune by Steve), a clever song listing lots of broken things related to a broken relationship.  There followed a song based on the Burmese poem, with a bluesy chorus of ‘my baby please come home.’  Gabi, as a trained actor, certainly knows how to get the best interpretation out of these songs.  Other songs included Preacher Woman Blues (Gordon’s lyrics); Gabi’s own song Don’t Mess Around With Me, which includes an amusing kazoo solo from Gabi, plus a bass solo from Dave.  Just about at that moment I spotted a bus passing the window, bearing an advert saying ‘PARKER - has a new venue’.  How did they know about his performance?  A magic coincidence.  The last song was a plea which is made by many a woman, Slow Me Down I’m Tired Lord.
The band did their stuff admirably, as expected, adventurous solos on keys, lyrical playing on guitar, and the bass beautifully grounded, hand beating out a latin rhythm on the wood at one point, then a bit of bowing when needed.  A thoroughly enjoyable gig with a feminist perspective. 
Ann Alex

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