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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).

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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bird Lives! Audience Dies! Mark Toomey Quartet - Side Café

Don't let the low turn out fool you; this was a gig to remember. I'd even go so far as to say that it was comparable with anything that had gone before at The Side.
Mark Toomey is unashamedly a Charlie Parker disciple; the tone, the phrases, all can be traced back to, arguably, jazz's greatest innovator. However, along the way, there has been more than a touch of Mark Toomey added and, unlike so many who adhere to the theory that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Mark does it from a songbook of his own original compositions; compositions that would indeed be worthy of the great man himself.
As Mark's alto playing soared overhead, on the ground, inspired by the challenge of new material, Paul Edis also excelled - even by his high standards he excelled. Mick Shoulder too was on form as was drummer Kevin O'Neill, who drove the band along with the same sense of purpose as the pilot of a Lancaster Bomber.
Shame about the missing audience; I'd like to refer them to Shakespeare's Henry V, the part in which, on the eve of Agincourt, the guy Ellington referred to as 'Hank Cinq,' gives out with a rousing speech, on St Crispin's Day:
"Shall think themselves accursed they were not here."

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