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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 Friday May 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Dave Kelly & Christine Collister - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA . Tel: 03000 266 600. 8:00pm. £18.00.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Lindisfarne Club, West St., Wallsend NE28 8LG. Tel: 0191 262 4258. 9:00pm.

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

Saturday, June 02, 2018

DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival: Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion - June 1

Zoë Gilby (voice); Andy Champion (double bass).
(Review by Russell). 
The second DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival has built upon last year’s inaugural event with a much-expanded schedule of performances and venues. The organisation is most impressive and a gig in Durham Castle’s ancient Norman Chapel proved to be an inspired choice. Tyneside vocalist Zoë Gilby together with bassist Andy Champion opened DJazz 2018 performing in the ancient 800-year-old atmospheric, intimate space. Few could have envisaged it as a viable proposition and yet it worked brilliantly.


The Windmills of Your Mind opened Gilby and Champion’s set, a set played entirely acoustically. A dimly lit space, the Norman Chapel has the most amazing acoustics. Paul Simon, Kate Bush, a few standards, the set list familiar, the duo’s performance exceptional. Talking to the audience, or in full voice singing, Gilby projected effortlessly to all corners of the room. Double bassist Champion must have relished performing in such a location; bowed bass parts conjured JS Bach, or perhaps Pablo Casals.

Ms Gilby spoke about meeting Sheila Jordan, painting a picture of the legendary American vocalist. In doing so, Nice Work If You Can Get It was dedicated to the bop era survivor. Festivals are full of riches such as this first concert, yet it was time to move on to the nearby Palace Green Library, but not before hearing Victor Young’s A Weaver of Dreams. A dream opening to DJazz 2018.           
Russell

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