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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.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Millstone. August 28

(Review by Russell).
This being the holiday season most of the sections in the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band were bolstered by deps. The band’s last Thursday in the month date at the Millstone goes from strength to strength – no matter who answers Michael Lamb’s call, all do a sterling job.
A late summer upturn in the weather made for something approaching a summer evening; the upstairs room in the Millstone on Haddricks Mill Road resembled a boiler shop. Beer, wine, bottled water, all slaked a thirst. The first set started slightly late due to a straggling dep who shall remain nameless. Once Paul Grainger was set-up and ready to go (oops!), a cracking take on Lester Leaps In featured the first of many tenor solos from Jamie Toms. JT took full advantage of the absent Paul Gowland, the second tenor chair being occupied by dep Kim Webb. Blues Machine heard solos from Keith Robinson (alto) and trombone section stalwart Mark Ferris with the reeds’ ensemble work a highlight.
The rhythm section – the SSBB’s regular drummer (and MC) Guy Swinton with new boy Graham Don (keyboards), Paul Grainger (double bass) and depping A-list guitarist Mick Wright evoking the magical sound of Freddie Green – made for a constant highlight.
With all seats taken in the Millstone’s boiler shop, the band hammered out short, punchy numbers ranging from Tom Kubis to Sammy Nestico’s Basie Straight Ahead (the latter a showcase for the full strength trumpet section). Band MD Lamb threw in a brisk solo and drew deserved applause. Vocalist Lindsay Hannon summed-up the evening telling us that it was Too Darn Hot. You bet!
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, That Old Black Magic, A Tisket A Tasket, the Strictly Smokin’ didn’t mess around. Solos were plentiful (Pete Tanton, trumpet, Steve Summers, alto and flute) and the determinedly non-soloing Mick Wright ensured the success of this cracking, must-get-to-monthly session.
Much of the material will be heard again next week on a gig in Carlisle. If you’re over that way, look them up.                         
Russell.
Strictly Smokin’ Big Band: Jamie Toms (tenor), Kim Webb (tenor), Keith Robinson (alto & flute), Steve Summers (alto), Nicola Weaver (baritone); Michael Lamb, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Tom Hill (trumpets); Mark Ferris, Keiran Parnaby,  Matthew Fletcher, John Flood (trombones); Graham Don (keyboards), Mick Wright (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Guy Swinton (drums) & Lindsay Hannon (vocals)

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