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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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Dec. 11

Paul Grainger (bass); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Russ Morgan (drums) + Neville Hartley (trombone); James Cuxson, M.G. Smith (guitars); Ray Burns (harmonica/vocals); John Pope (bass); Patrick Freyne (drums); Faye Thompson (alto sax).
(Review by Lance).

Whilst this may not have been one of those 'never to be forgotten nights' there was, nevertheless, still much to enjoy from the offerings on display - not least Ron's homemade mince pies!

The house trio for the evening hit the deck with Stella By Starlight; All Blues and Have You Met Miss Jones? Steve Glendinning in good form setting the standard for the guitarists waiting in the wings.
That veteran campaigner, Neville Hartley just happened to have brought his trombone along and he used it to great effect on Poor Butterfly and Tea For Two complete with the verse - all done, by Neville, without the safety net of an iPad.

Southpaw Epiphonist James Cuxson delighted with Isn't This Romantic? and I Fall in Love Too Easily before John Pope came off the bench for Billie's Bounce and On Green Dolphin Street. This gave Paul Grainger an earlier break than usual although he would be back.

M.G. Smith, sporting a Fender Squire, along with Neville and Patrick Freyne on drums played a somewhat strange version of The Saints who didn't completely march in falling short within sight of the pearly gates. More successful was Putting on the Ritz and Mister Sandman.

Ray Burns is putting himself about a bit these days which is always good news and tonight the Hohner harpist played and sang Body and Soul as only he can and somehow managed to insert a snatch of Jingle Bells during his solo!

Faye Thompson paid a surprise visit excelling on It Could Happen to You and Doxy. Superb, tasty alto playing. Russ Morgan took a solo that justified his wearing of a Superman sweatshirt. Summertime next and time for a refill of Grainger Ale as the sartorial Mr Burns joined Faye and co. 

Nica's Dream by the trio led us into the home straight with Faye and Neville on There Will Never be Another You before the final blast on Take the A Train.

Audience numbers were below average and questions were raised as to why. Apart from the obvious seasonal thing maybe, it's because it's not so obvious to passing trade as the old Jazz Café (soon to become the new Prohibition Bar) was. Time alone will tell.

Nevertheless, although not a vintage night, nor was it a bad one - roll on next year!
Lance.

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