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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 Monday May 27

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12:00 - 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Bywell Hall, Bywell, near Stocksfield NE43 7AB. £15.00. (concs. £14.00., child £5.00., £35.00. family). 2:00-4:00pm. A Northumberland County Show (all day) event.

Evening

Ruby Turner - Whitley Bay Playhouse, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LZ. Tel: 0844 248 1588. 7:30pm. £28.80. A Mouth of the Tyne event.

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

Thursday, June 07, 2018

DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival: The Riviera Quartet - June 2

Pete Tanton (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Pete Tanton’s Riviera Quartet made a return visit to Empty Shop to play a gig at this year’s DJazz weekend. Bassist John Pope wasn’t available on the night so Tanton gave Andy Champion a call. You could say that was a good move. 35c Framwellgate Bridge was full to overflowing to hear the amiable American play trumpet, lots of flugelhorn, and sing. Yes, Pete Tanton sings! The Rivieras offer something different, serious chops, yes, but, more than that, a distinctive sound, all the more distinctive with the recent addition of Tanton’s sweet vocals.

It was late last year at Empty Shop that BSH encountered an example of the ‘sound of surprise’ – Pete Tanton’s vocals. A plaintive, wistful quality to his vocals, they are, at risk of mixing metaphors, another string to the trumpeter’s bow. Tanton and guitarist Mark Williams are the Rivieras’ principal composers and on this festival gig, the set list was drawn from the band’s recently released CD.

Turf War (a waltz), Barbados (if only!) with Tanton’s lyrical flugelhorn leading the way, the level of musicianship exhibited by all four musicians of the highest order. Lately I’ve Been Lonely (Tanton the wistful vocalist can only be Johnny Lonely, the eponymous character in the American’s highly readable novel). In the same vein, You Don’t Smile Anymore. Once heard, try getting the lyric out of your head. Depping bassist Andy Champion couldn’t have been more at home, fitting in as if he was a founding member of the band. The Riviera Quartet’s gigs are few and far between. Be sure to check them out.  
Russell.               

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