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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 Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Take it to the Bridge Explodes

The Chillingham evening began with the news that the advertised Alan Glen Trio wouldn't be appearing. However, a workmanlike, day at the office, set by Take it to the Bridge compensated more than somewhat. Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Darren Grainger (ten), Barry Ashcroft (pno), James ? (gtr), John Pope (bs) and Eric Stutt (dms) were this week's dispensers and it was an original by Barry - "Mr Rascal" - that got the plaudits although "Stella By Starlight" with Claude Werner on bass wasn't bad either.
After the intermission, the mercury shot up with a vengeance due to an infusion of adrenalin from Claude Werner, now on tenor, Nicola on bari and David Carnegie on drums and then piano.
"Yardbird Suite" saw Claude kick off the solos with approximately ten million choruses each one wilder than the one before. The Cheerful Chilean doesn't take any prisoners and tonight he was well and truly 'on song'. After such a tour de force there was an understandable reluctance to pick up the gauntlet! However, young James on guitar responded with a few inspired choruses of his own without straying beyond the bounds of sanity and Nicola played some beefy baritone sax. Darren, Barry, John Pope and Dave W also kicked in.
"Beautiful Love" had David C on piano and more musical histrionics from Claude - he is something else!
Next week it's Laurie Brown on vibes.

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