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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.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bix Lectures @ Bix Fest, Racine, Wisconsin - March 8 & 9

(Review by Russell)

Phil Pospychala is an anorak, a Bixian anorak. The Bix Fest director gave two lectures during this year's festival, the first on the subject of a 1971 documentary radio series which, until recently, was to all intents and purposes lost, forgotten about. Mr Pospychala knows everyone who is anyone in the Bixian community and he has acquired a copy of the broadcast tapes thanks to his friendship with the respected musician Frank Powers. The second talk, titled The Good, Bad & Worst (of Bix), was a no-holds-barred assessment of Beiderbecke with an emphasis on the 'worst' aspects of the legendary cornetist's life and times. 

The first lecture took the form of an affectionate, at times rambling, introduction outlining the format of the radio series which included interviews with some of Bix's associates who were still around in the early 1970s. Pospychala selected two of the ten half hour programmes and played them back to back. Of course, the broadcast music was great and Pospychala's fellow Bixians listened intently to numbers they had no doubt listened to countless times, some applauding at the conclusion of each tune. Such is the dedication of Bix Fest attendees that participating musicians at the event were themselves keen to listen. As the talk concluded Andy Schumm made some telling points about the music we had just heard. 
In his second lecture, Pospychala probed the less appealing aspects of his subject's life. Describing Beiderbecke as a genius - no one present dissented from the observation - our speaker suggested he was other than his good guy image would suggest. Bix's well-documented alcoholism masked a troubled soul argued Pospychala yet, in the final analysis, it was Beiderbecke's music that will live on. The event concluded with several musical examples (78s!) being heard as testament to the genius of Leon Bismark 'Bix' Beiderbecke. 
Russell.

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