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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.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Andy Lawrenson Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Gateshead - July 28

Andy Lawrenson (violin, vocals); Simon O'Byrne (guitar, vocals); Paul Grainger (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Prohibition Bar's lovingly crafted homage to an era of US bootleg liquor, European decadence and good times came into its own this evening with an appearance by the Andy Lawrenson Trio. A select audience listened intently as a swing dance couple - Anja and Alec - effortlessly evoked the period. 
Le Cafe Parisien is violinist Lawrenson's latest project encompassing the jazz of Reinhardt and Grappelli with Celtic and Romani influences alongside one of the great improvisers of this or any era...JS Bach. Minor Swing established the mood and Lawrenson's first vocal of the evening - It had to be You - suggested the trio's approach would be one of casual virtuosity.  
Guitarist Simon O'Byrne took his share of the vocal numbers - After You've Gone the first of them - and between them the fiddler and guitarist, positioned either side of double bass lynchpin Paul Grainger, created the illusion that we were in a cafe on the Left Bank of the Seine rather in a converted railway arch on the south bank of the Tyne.  

The classical pieces - Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca and Bach's Toccata and Fugue - sat comfortably alongside the early twentieth century jazz and popular song at the heart of the performance and, to make the evening, Anja and Alec, two familiar faces on the swing dance scene, gave a winning performance of their own. 

J'attendrai (voc. O'Byrne), Honeysuckle RoseLady be Good with its whistled coda and the trio's first public airing (a world premiere, said Lawrenson) of Bei Mir Bist du Schoen made for a balanced set enjoyed by Prohibition Bar's Saturday evening patrons. 



Elements of humour and pathos were central to the set, not least O'Byrne's tenor-to-baritone vocal take on a Russian song - Kasienka - sung in Polish and Lawrenson's delicate version of I Can't Give You Anything but Love. To conclude an enjoyable evening of entirely acoustic music the trio went out on Sweet Georgia Brown
Russell               

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