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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gilligan, Williams and Forbes December 27 - The Jazz Café

Pete Gilligan (Piano); Mark Williams (Guitar); Don Forbes (Trumpet).
(Review by Kath Jobes).
Life is complicated enough. And jazz is just a chance to escape from it, at least for a moment…Cabin fever had set in at home and I needed some Jazz, so off I went to the Jazz Café for what can only be described as a bouncing night!  The first set was just Gilligan and Williams, who were later joined in the second set by Don Forbes and his trusty trumpet.
Charlie Parker’s Billie’s Bounce set us away with a superb piano solo from Pete, it’s great to see this talented musician back home in the Café.  A lovely arrangement of Keith Jarrett’s Memories of Tomorrow led on to another lively tune this time we were Bouncing With Bud, with an enjoyable call and response section between piano and guitar.  Jim Hall’s captivating Waltz New was followed by a couple of Horace Silver’s tunes - the lively The St. Vitus Dance and Summer in Central Park, with Williams as ever, playing magnificently.  A brief interlude of Michel Petrucciani's September 2nd, then back to Silver with Opus De Funk to end this set.
Set Two commenced again with the Gillingham/Williams duo with Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, beautiful as an instrumental, but I love Ella’s version. Chick Corea’s Spain followed on, but without the lovely Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez introduction… which is actually my favourite bit… so ok I love a bit of Classical fused with jazz!   Finally Don Forbes joined the guys to play an enjoyable There Will Never Be Another You. His proficient playing continued in Frank Foster’s Simone - delightful …as was You and the Night and the MusicNico’s Dream and Come Rain Come Shine written by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer... again Ella does a lovely rendition, rounded off a very entertaining night… thanks guys!
Kath J.

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