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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 Saturday May 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - St. Cuthbert's Church Hall, Dovecote St., Amble NE65 0DX. 12:00pm - 3:00pm (music from 1:00pm). £10.00. See poster for more details.

Sax on the Tyne, St George's Church Hall, St George's Close, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2TF. 5:00-7:00pm. Free (donations). A Jesmond Community Festival event.

Evening

Baghdaddies - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. £10.00. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Lady & the Jazz Tramps - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Radio Pensacola Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Ushaw Ensemble @ The Lit & Phil - June 22

Paul Edis (MD, composer, piano); Graham Hardy (trumpet, flugelhorn); Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, flute); Emma Fisk (violin); Andy May (Northumbrian pipes); Paul Susans (double bass); Rob Walker (drums, percussion)
(Review by Russell/photo from GIJF).
The Ushaw Ensemble came into being to perform a commissioned work by Paul Edis celebrating the life and work of St Cuthbert. Such was the success of the project that, following performances at Ushaw College and Durham Cathedral, the septet continued as a working unit playing concerts throughout the north east of England, including a rapturously received performance at this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival.
June’s offering in the Lit and Phil’s series of monthly lunchtime jazz concerts presented a further opportunity to hear Paul Edis’ St Cuthbert Suite and The Sound of Achill. A large gathering took their seats in anticipation of a journey through time, place, and, perhaps for some, something of a spiritual experience. St Cuthbert’s Suite comprises twelve parts – beginning with St Cuthbert’s Theme then venturing into heavyweight subjects; A Vision, The Indefatigable Evangelist then on to The Death of Cuthbert, Seven Years Wandering, concluding with Dunholme.
The music, by no means exclusively jazz, held the audience rapt. The virtuoso musicians were handpicked for the project, most of them familiar jazz names – Graeme Hardy, Graeme Wilson, Emma Fisk, bassist Paul Susans and drummer Rob Walker – with Northumbrian pipes specialist Andy May adding a new texture to the regulation jazz ensemble sound. Soloists all, their stunning contributions were met with a typical jazz gig response…spontaneous, hollered applause.

The Ushaw Ensemble will soon go into the recording studio, Bebop Spoken Here will provide an update on such matters, so be sure to check these pages on a regular basis.
Russell.             

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