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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).


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 Monday May 20



Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.



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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Taking It to The Bridge One More time

Inconsistency is the only thing that is consistent at the Chilli Arms Wednesday night sessions. Sometimes the music is great, sometimes it's lousy; often during the same number. It's rarely indifferent. The one thing you can count on is variety. Tonight, wild man Ian Trewella was absent. He was said to be doing some gardening so, if you were overtaken by a speeding lawnmower on the A19, that was probably Ian. John Rowland depped on tenor and ensured a degree of sanity prevailed. Highlight of the first set was a nice arrangement of Victor Feldman's "Bloke's Blues." After the break there were more treats in the form of guitarist Daniel and his sister, Michelle (if either of you read this, please let me know your surnames.) Michelle, who was also celebrating her 18th birthday, sang delightfully on "Love Me Or Leave Me" and "Straighten Up And Fly Right," then moved up a gear with "Summertime" before, backed by most of the band, belting out Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke". One to watch out for. Alex Hall, who'd played the first set on guitar, moved over to keyboards for this one.
Another one worth watching and listening to is David Carnegie, first on keyboards for a rocking "Killer Joe" that also had Daniel going into overdrive, then on drums for "Pent-up House".
John Pope (bs), Eric Studd (dms) and Barry Ashcroft (kbds) completed the line-up.
Whoops! I almost forgot Dave Weisser--talk about Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark or should I say Hamlet without the Jacques Lousseur Trio? Remember "Air on a G String?". That was one advert that almost started me smoking cigars. Pierre Michelot's bass line was really evocative.
Back to Dave; he scatted, lyricised and blew his brand of East Coast (Cullercoats) jazz with his usual nod towards Art Farmer, Nat Adderley etc.

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