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Camila Meza: "Some tonalities or chords are colors to me: G major is blue, D major is orange and B minor is totally yellow." - (DownBeat July 2019)


Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.



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.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

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


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

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.


Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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


The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra wins major accolade
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra has won the Best Jazz Ensemble title at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2012 in a ceremony held in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday, May 16.

The Parlys, as the awards are affectionately known, are Britain’s premier awards for excellence within the jazz community and are decided following a public nomination process and voting by members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Sponsored by PPL and Jazz Services, they are the only music awards made by Parliament and are now regarded as the most prestigious awards on the UK jazz scene.

This latest accolade for the SNJO follows acclaimed performances at jazz festivals in London, Norway and France over the past year and successful recent collaborations with saxophonist Bobby Wellins, who won the Best Instrumentalist title at this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards as well as American singer Kurt Elling and leading drummer Peter Erskine.  The SNJO’s triumphant tribute to the major European record label ECM, with guest soloist, Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen, will be released on ECM Records itself on May 28, further adding to the orchestra’s outstanding international reputation.

Formed in 1995 by its director, Prof Tommy Smith, SNJO has earned praise for its ability to work across the whole range of jazz styles, from early swing through to electric jazz fusion and on to world music featuring a Japanese Taiko drum troupe. The orchestra won the Best Big Band title at the inaugural Scottish Jazz Awards in 2009 and again in 2011.

Tommy Smith said: “We are hugely honoured to be given this latest award and delighted that the quality of the orchestra’s work has been recognised in this way. We look forward to continuing to represent Scotland’s currently very strong jazz scene and the country’s music scene as a whole both at home and abroad.”
For further details, call orchestra manager, Lindsay Robertson on 07827 966735

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