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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, October 07, 2018

No Time for Jive @ Billy Bootleggers - October 6

Brian Lynham (harmonica, vocals); Pete Redhead (guitar, vocals); Keith Forsyth (double bass, vocals); Nat McLeave (drums) 
(Review by Russell)
Scotswood Slim (aka Brian Lynham) has been preaching the blues for longer than he would care to remember. No Time for Jive's current line-up stretches way back and one thing is for sure, the band's fan base keeps on coming back for more. 

Half an hour before Saturday night's first set Billy Bootleggers wasn't so busy, perhaps the Magpies’ loyal support was elsewhere drowning its sorrows following an early evening reverse at Old Trafford. As the band took to the stage the hordes duly arrived. West Coast, jump jive, a Windy City blast, No Time for Jive's tried and tested formula wasn't about to change. 

Who Do You Love? sang slap-bass man Keith Forsyth as Pete Redhead conjured a convincing Bo Diddley riff alongside front man Lynham sporting a natty pair of shades shaking shocking yellow maracas into the bargain (see photo)! More Forsyth vocals on Slim Harpo's Shake Your Hips, a Tex-Mex cha-cha-cha, then a classic Willie Dixon Chicago blues - I Want to be Loved - with Forsyth once more on the mic.   

Lieber and Stoller's One Bad Stud (think about it, better still, sing it to yourself) ensured the by-now-full dance floor remained that way 'til closing time (sometime around 2am) followed by Big Fat Mama (a hit for Roy Milton on Specialty) then a Lynham vocal on Big Joe Turner's chart success Flip, Flop and Fly

As Lynham and Forsyth basked in the limelight Pete Redhead's tasty guitar playing didn't go unnoticed, nor Nat McLeave's understated drumming. The band's sound is that of Little Willie John, Elias McDaniel, John Lee Hooker and a bar room full of boogie chillen'. Billy Bootleggers 2018, fast forward ten years to 2028...the odds are No Time for Jive will be found playing good time rhythm 'n' blues in Newcastle's self-proclaimed no.1 dive bar. Better put it in the diary.       

Russell.

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