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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, February 09, 2009

Golden Age of the Corner House Part 2 - Chris Y.

Yes Lance, you're absolutely right. Peanuts Hucko played for Jazz North East with the Mainstreet Jazzmen as did Wild Bill Davison, Dick Wellstood and Ralph Sutton.
You're right again, not only were McPartland (pictured left) and Cheatham supported by the Saratoga Jazzmen, but the Saratoga also backed Al Casey, Snub Mosley and Don Ewell. Now... Others who played for JNE at Corner Ho. in the 1980s are...wait for it... Benny Waters (w. Savannah Syncopators), Kenny Davern, Bobby Shew, Lew Tabackin, Charles McPherson, Oliver Jones, Al Haig, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, James Moody, Charlie Rouse, Slim Gaillard, Mark Murphy, Bobby Watson, Phil Wilson, Art Hodes, Ted Curson and Teddy Edwards. Most of those were with a local trio, but there were a few occasions when a USA soloist toured with a full UK band. These included Sal Nistico w. Stan Tracey Quartet, Jimmy Knepper w, Bobby Wellins Quartet, Red Rodney w. Peter King Quartet and Bobby Watson w. 'The Young Lions' (effectively the Guy Barker Quartet). In the early 90s,there was Jack Walrath w. Spirit Level, Gene Harris and Ray Bryant who all played for JNE at the Corner Ho. and later in the 90s the phenomenal Jessica Williams made her first Tyneside appearance also at the Corner House. This 'Golden Age' was partly made possible by the factor of the Corner House having a superb piano - a top of the range Yamaha upright. It wasn't there all the time (poor Stan Tracey had to play a bad piano once - remember his album entitled 'Hello Old Adversary', referring to pianos encountered?) Those were the days right enough!
Chris Y.
PS: The Steve Grossman gig at Corner Ho. on Feb 19 could be a one off return to those halcyon days.

2 comments :

Lance said...

Thanks Chris. I remember one night I was on the door and attempted to charge Stan Tracey entrance to his own gig!
We had a laugh about it.

Roly said...

I loaned Herb Ellis my Polytone amp and ferried him to/from the Central Station for that C/H gig. I think he was travel weary as he was rather reserved and didn't say much at all. But when I got him on to the train heading home he opened up and started to give me all sorts of tips, re. Van Eps String Dampers etc etc - I was extremely lucky to get off the train as the doors were closing otherwise I was on my way to London with him. I got quite a fright! He played great though. Swung like the clappers.
Roly

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