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Jeff Lindberg: "You can have innovative new music and you can play music of the masters. They're not going to cancel each other out" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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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 Sunday May 26

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 11:30am (street set) & 1:00pm stage set. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Geordie Jazz Man - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 5:30pm. £10.00. Screening of Abbie Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.

Gavin Lee: Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band - Shotton Colliery Officials Club, Shotton Colliery DH6 2JS. 5:30pm.

Blues

King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Back to Basics - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15pm. Free. Set lists available, for details Facebook Darlington Jazz Club.

Federica Michisanti’s Trioness - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 260 3246. 8:15pm. £10.00 (£8.00 conc.). JNE.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Jam Session @ the Black Swan - April 16

Ben Gilbert (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Lachlan Fotheringham (soprano sax); John Pope, Dave Parker (bass); Walter Feeney (trumpet); Abbie Finn, Matt Fairhurst (drums); Debra Milne (vocals); Poppy Pagan (vocals/flute).
(Review/PHOTOS by Lance).

Some 11 years ago, when BSH was first launched into cyberspace, much of the action took place down on Newcastle's quayside at the Side Café. One of the many emerging talents from that era was pianist Ben Gilbert whose flame flickered brightly and briefly before disappearing and turning to [the] Smoke. Now based in Leeds, he heeded the call to Graingertown for the highly esteemed Black Swan jam session where he displayed the maturity we all knew would blossom.  



Jazz is an ever ongoing thing and, just like Ben all those years ago, tonight a new star was born. Walter Feeney is but 17 yet his playing belied those tender years. A full, round, tone that was closer to Lee Morgan or Clifford Brown rather than Miles or Dizzy was heard to good advantage on a tentative There Will Never be Another You and a more assured Solar that got the unbridled applause from the 'cynics on the sofa'.

Not that this was the only highlight. Harry Keeble is rapidly moving to the forefront of the tenor team and it was a shame the other tenor regulars were absent as the last number shoot-out could well have been the foundation of a legend.

For once there was no shortage of bassists with both John Pope and Dave Parker giving PG's fingertips a spell. Likewise, drummers Finn and Fairhurst took turns on the throne.

Lachlan Fotheringham is so tall he makes his soprano sax seem like a peashooter - until he blows! He encapsulates the history of the instrument from Bechet to Coltrane which is no mean achievement for a guy I last heard playing clarinet in a New Orleans style band. Jazz sans frontières.

Debra Milne sang Coltrane's Equinox and Don't Get Around Much Anymore whilst Poppy gave her own interpretation of Aqua De Beber singing and fluting distinctively.

The house trio, who had opened the evening with In Your Own Sweet Way, gave an equally impressive In Walked Bud before Harry and Walter took us out with Straight No Chaser.
Yet another enjoyable evening at 'The Greatest Show on Earth'.
Lance PHOTOS

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