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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, July 09, 2008

Barry's Birthday Bash - Chilli Arms

Tonight it rained so hard I almost stayed home but, being that time of the month; by which I mean the week when the Alan Glen Trio play the Chilli, I braved the elements and guess what? Alan Glen didn't! He'd damaged his wrist and had to cancel.
Nevertheless, despite this setback an entertaining evening ensued with lots of bop opera performed. I should explain here that I'm using opera in its context as the plural of opus and not because we had the 'pleasure' of Dave scatting on an aria from 'Faust'.
Barry Ashcroft, back on piano this week, was celebrating his birthday although Dave seemed more excited about the event than did Barry himself - I know how he feels about birthdays...
Mark Williams on guitar excelled, as did Daniel who sat in for a couple, whilst saxes John (not last week's John) and Darren also soloed well. In fact most of the guys blew good on most of the numbers. The big weakness here is inevitably the beginnings and the endings which lack the cohesiveness the solos in the sandwich deserve.
Still, a minor point given the casual laid back atmosphere of the gig.
Happy Birthday Barry.

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