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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, February 28, 2015

The Lindsay Hannon Plus @ Jazz Café - Feb 27.

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); James Harrison (pno); John Pope (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo by Mike Tilley).
A cracking gig! Lindsay sounded good - don't let her tell you otherwise! Drawing mainly from her superb album - The Spy - she displayed the qualities that justify her position as being among the forefront of the select group of illustrious jazz singers around town.
We knew the music from previous gigs and, of course, the CD. 
As it happens, my favourite number from the gig isn't on the CD - Why Try to Change me Now? nor did she sing my favourite number from the CD on the gig - The End of a Love Affair!
Minor quibbles - what she did sing was enthralling, drawing from the contemporary song books of The Doors (The Spy); A Tom Waits' number; a lot of Joni Mitchell; Gassers such as Love Me or Leave Me, So Long Big Time and What a Little Moonlight Can Do; Liz Corney's beautiful Heather Forever and Billy Bragg (The Saturday Boy) 
But I never made the first team,
I just made the first team laugh
And she never came to the phone
She was always in the bath
I had to look in the dictionary
To find out the meaning of unrequited
While she was giving herself for free
At a party to which I was never invited 

Who, in their lifetime, hasn't related to that lyric?!
The Plus were A+ tonight. James, ebullient as ever, John, a tower of strength and Tom merely tremendous.
And Lindsay?
Catch her at Ashington Jazz Club this coming Wednesday (March 4) and find out for yourself!
Lance.

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