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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.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Greg Abate w. Paul Edis Trio @ The Lit and Phil. November 7.

Greg Abate (alt/fl); Paul Edis (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos by Ken Drew.)
Where were you? The room should have been jam packed with wall to wall saxophone players (not to mention pianists, bassists and drummers). Every person who ever wore shades and a beret, dug Bird, Cannonball, Art, Paul, Phil, the three Sonny's and all the other bop and post bop players should have been queuing ten deep from the Lit and Phil to the other end of the High Level Bridge. This was it! This is what jazz is all about! You stayed in? well I only hope she was worth it!
Greg Abate's third visit to Newcastle was, possibly his best yet musically speaking, a few more bums on seats would have been desirable but, nevertheless, there were enough and did those posteriors that made the effort enjoy it?
I'll say they did!
This was an in-house demo of how to play alto saxophone (and flute) by an American virtuoso who can swing the ass off just about any cat on the Planet Earth.
Tonight, at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Abate expounded musical wisdom via a Selmer alto saxophone - his playing was truly incredible. Next time that the Down Beat Poll comes around remember the name - Greg Abate Alto Sax  category.
Paul Edis, had he been American, would surely have been up there too because tonight our Mr PE proved himself world class material. We've secretly known it for years but tonight he cut it good! Adam and Mick did the business and also did it good. My guess is that Greg has encountered more than a few rhythm sections in The States that couldn't hold a candle to these guys.
Gig of the Year contender!
Floated home on a cloud (no. 27)
Lance.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I think the trio are every bit as good as the guest and that's saying something. Great!
Roly

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