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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 1:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.


Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

APPJAG Awards 2022 @ The Pizza Express, Holborn - July 5

(Tony Kofi)
The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group's annual awards were once again presented at the Pizza Express in Holborn, London. The basement venue on High Holborn welcomed many familiar faces (including Jo Harrop, Nikki Iles, Tony Kofi and Nigel Price) and the less familiar, all partaking of the hospitality - beer, wine and, of course, pizza! 

At an event such as this, schmoozing or 'networking' is upper most in the thoughts of many. For some, meeting up with jazz world friends for the first time in three years proved to be an emotional occasion with hugs and handshakes all round. The parliamentarians took to their reserved front row tables, the rest sat wherever there was a vacant seat. John Spellar MP opened proceedings, welcoming one and all, the awards would follow in quick succession. 

Few in the room would be without their favourites, BSH was rooting for those with north east (of England) connections. The first award - Jazz Vocalist of the Year - went to Claire Martin. Ms. Martin wasn't in the house and her absence would set a trend of several award winners being elsewhere (presumably out gigging, a sure sign of a return to 'normality'). 

(Emma Rawicz)
The wonderful Jo Harrop missed out in two categories (Best Vocalist and Best Album), Tony Kofi (pictured) took home a Best Instrumentalist gong (actually a certificate) and two veterans of the scene were recognised for their lifetime commitment to the music, namely Barbara Thompson and Mike Westbrook.

Newcomer of the Year...Emma Rawicz. If you were running a book (betting parlance), Rawicz (pictured) was 'nailed on', a 'dead cert'. And the good news is, the up-and-coming Rawicz is to appear at this year's Newcastle Jazz Festival!

(Debra Milne)
And then there was Venue of the Year. Fine words were uttered by Chi Onwurah MP and when the Newcastle upon Tyne political representative uttered the words: And the winner is...The Globe, Newcastle, you couldn't hear a pin drop! Cheered to the rafters, Newcastle Jazz Co-op's Debra Milne accepted the award on behalf of all involved with the Tyneside co-operative. Debra spoke about the ambition, the dream of opening a community-owned music venue and the hard work of many who helped make those dreams a reality. Resuming her seat, Debra wondered if she did alright up there in the spotlight. BSH assured her she did more than alright!

Earlier, the 'house band' for the evening played a fine set of half an hour or so. Veteran Henry Lowther (trumpet) and Tori Freestone (tenor sax) enjoyed themselves, as did the top flight piano, bass and drums team led by pianist Andrea Vicari. The occasion - a catch-up, get together - meant few in the audience were listening attentively to the A-listers on stage. One assumes the musicians were guaranteed MU rates. And good for them! 
Henry Lowther (tenor sax); Tori Freestone (tenor sax); Andrea Vicari (piano); Gary Crosby (double bass); Paul Clarvis (drums)

APPJAG 2023? Here's hoping for yet more 'up north' success stories! Russell

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