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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, March 18, 2009

Welcome Back Darren. Chilli..

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Darren Grainger (alt), Steve Summers (alt/ten/ewi), Barry Ashcroft (pno), Robin Douthwaite (gtr), Jim Crinson (bs), Eric Stutt (dms), Ian Forbes (perc.)
There was a lot happening at the Chilli tonight but the most important event was the return of Darren Grainger after his recent medical traumas. He blew good alto.
The mood was distinctly latin thanks to Ian who pounded, shook and scraped an array of congas, timbales, maraccas, tambourines, reso resos and other items from 'south of the border'.
Steve Summers impressed on tenor, alto and electronic wind instrument; his tenor blast on Coltrane's "Cousin Mary" brought back memories of the great man himself. "Blue Bossa" was taken at Tempi di Formula Uno and everyone coped admirably.
On guitar, Robin Douthwaite is fast overcoming any hesitancy he may have had and soloed with confidence.
Tonight, this was a band near capable of going 'on the road for MCA' (Quote from a Jack Teagarden blues - Can't remember which one) .
For the finale, the latin perc. section was augmented by 'The Doc.' and another guy whose name I didn't catch but who proved to be fluent in 'congalese' - I think the tune was "Jive Samba".
These were the only sitters-in. George Laing left too soon and Mark Williams arrived too late. You can hear George on piano at the Porthole on Wednesday lunchtime and Mark at The Side Café on Monday night.
Lance.

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