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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 Saturday May 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - St. Cuthbert's Church Hall, Dovecote St., Amble NE65 0DX. 12:00pm - 3:00pm (music from 1:00pm). £10.00. See poster for more details.

Sax on the Tyne, St George's Church Hall, St George's Close, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2TF. 5:00-7:00pm. Free (donations). A Jesmond Community Festival event.

Evening

Baghdaddies - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. £10.00. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Lady & the Jazz Tramps - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Radio Pensacola Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Jam Session @ The Salsa Cafe, Sunday December 22

Pete Gilligan (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Michael Howard (drums); Stuart McKie (guitar)
And Many Others to be mentioned
(Review by Ann Alex).
Lance appealed for more horns to come to this session and they certainly did: John Rowland, Stuart Findon and Fiona Findon, appeared during the afternoon with their tenor saxes, and also a lad (from London I believe) Sam Newbold, with his alto, who played some blistering fast sax, a joy for horn lovers and everyone else.
But back to the beginning, which saw me eating delicious carrot and coriander soup with a fishcake sandwich and salad, (Salsa Cafe food recommended) and the basic band getting stuck in straight away. 
Pete Gilligan has lost none of his flowing touch, Paul and Michael played well and dependably and Stuart did his bit with flair.  The atmosphere was suitably informal with non jazzers having drinks and quiet chat.  I counted 5 children as well, and 2 of them were watching the drums intently, catch them young I say. We were treated to tunes which included Have You Met Miss Jones; There’ll Never Be Another You; All The Things You Are; Lullaby Of Birdland; All Of Me and a few tunes I couldn’t identify. 
Enter Simon Stephenson on guitar who featured skilfully on Misty; Fiona sang well on Green Dolphin Street but she had to stand at the side of the stage because of the large number of instrumentalists playing.  Then I noticed another guitarist had entered the scene, sorry I didn’t get his name, and behold there was Ray Burns blowing well on harmonica.  Up steps my jazz-singing colleague Jen Errington with They Can’t Take That Away From Me, who looked and sounded professional, Jen gets better each time I hear her.  In comes yours truly with Bye Bye Blackbird, I like to do my bit, so I hope others enjoyed it.  By this time the clock was beating us, getting towards six, so the musicians rounded off with Night In Tunisia.
A really good session with long tunes which allow for plenty enjoyable solos.  Sorry if I’ve missed anyone out, but it was a busy afternoon!
Ann Alex

2 comments :

Ann Alex said...

And yes, I missed out a drummer who goes by the name of Eric Stutt, as I was informed. Not sure how I could omit such a loud sound as drums, but there you go.
Ann Alex

Lance said...

Eric gave this a "like" on F/b so your oversight hasn't offended him!

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