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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 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar - Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth NE24 3PQ. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free. 'Blyth Battery Goes to War Weekend'.

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.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

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

Blues

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

Archie Brown & the Young Bucks - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Sue Ferris Quintet - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Philip Clouts Quartet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00 (£7.00 student).

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

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Puppini Sisters @ Sage Gateshead

Marcella Puppini (vcls/uke/acc. sleigh bells), Kate Mullins (vcls, uke, sleigh bells), Emma Smith (vcls, uke, melodica, sleigh bells); + guitar, bass, drums.
(Review by Lance)
The three-tier full Hall Two audience didn't mind the fact that the concert started 45 minutes late.  Accepting the traffic and the weather conditions as fair reason. The mood was festive and it was well worth the wait.
The girls were in good voice and Jingle Bells will never be quite the same again after this sashaying, hip swivelling version - it was certainly fun to ride on this three horse (Derby winners all) open sleigh.
Mister Sandman - reminiscent of The Chordettes - followed by Santa Baby. With three Eartha Kitt's on one stage, man this was as close to heaven as one gets in a lifetime!
All three played ukes with Emma also blowing melodica and Marcella hiding her charms behind an accordion.
As always, the influence of the Andrews Sisters and the Boswell Sister were omnipresent which was no bad thing. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Silent Night, Good Morning, Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart, Winter Wonderland and the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B all conspired to make this a knock-out first set and, lest I forget, guitar, double bass and drums were right on the money - unfortunately I didn't get their names.
For the second set the girls had changed from the yellow short skirted Sandra Dee outfits into send the men up the wall ensembles! Kate in a sheathe-like gown,  Marcella (above left) in a dress that fitted where it touched and there were few places it didn't touch and Emma in a short figure hugging sparkly affair with a split up the side. This was serious provocation I'm pleased to say.

However, despite all this eye candy, it didn't detract from the musical content which included; All I Want For Christmas is You, a song in French-inspired by Brigette Bardot, Side by Side à la Kay Starr, Tain't What You Do, Let it Snow, Step Into Christmas and several others.
The applause was tumultuous and we left with a festive glow surrounding us and if it had snowed, which it didn't, we'd have happily sang Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow all the way home!
Lance.

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