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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.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Mavis Staples to play Newcastle’s Boiler Shop!

(Preview by Russell)
Legendary gospel and rhythm and blues singer Mavis Staples will be in concert one week from today in a Sage Gateshead promotion at Boiler Shop on South Street, Newcastle. Born into a musical family led by ‘Pops’ Staples, the early years found Chicagoan Mavis Staples singing gospel material and later the popularity of rhythm and blues won the family recording deals with prestigious labels such as Columbia and Atlantic.

In the late sixties Staples released a solo album on the hugely successful Stax label and since then has gone on to record numerous albums, some of them with the assistance of industry luminaries including   Curtis Mayfield and Prince. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, sampled by hip-hop artists, if Staples decided to take it easy few would take issue. Yet, as many musicians do, Mavis Staples continues with a recording and touring schedule taking her across the world. On Friday July 13 Staples will perform at the Grade II* listed Boiler Shop, the Stephenson Works’ site of George Stephenson’s pioneering 1800s railway engineering projects. The stunning South Street venue presents a wonderful opportunity to hear one of America’s greatest living artists performing up-to-the-minute material from 2017’s CD If All I Was Was Black. 

Joining Mavis Staples at this Sage Gateshead promotion will be Benjamin Booker, a young man whose successful 2017 album Witness features Staples on the title track, and could it be that they will share a stage at some point during the evening? There is one way to find out, contact Sage Gateshead today to book your tickets – 0191 443 4666.     
Russell.                  

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