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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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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Maine Street Jazzmen @ Rosie Malone's South Shields.

Brian Chester (tmb), Derek Fleck (clt), Malcolm Armstrong (pno), Alan Rudd (bs), Tommy Graham (dms), Olive Rudd (vcl). + Peter Holdsworth (tpt).
The black-shirted jazzmen of Maine Street had yet another shift around this week. Brian Chester stayed on from last week whilst Derek Fleck returned temporarily from his self-imposed exile to partner Brian in some stomping New Orleans chestnuts.
"The Girls Go Crazy 'bout the Way I Walk" is normally chugged along by a banjo driven rhythm section but such is the power of Malcolm's two-fisted approach that a banjo would have been superfluous. Come to think of it ...
The feel today was more New Orleansy than usual with Fleck'n Chester bringing that down home feeling into their solos. "China Boy" jumped and Tommy Graham had a good break at the end.
Olive as ever provided the vocals and she delighted on "All of Me", a roof-raising "When You're Smiling", "Avalon" and, dedicated to yours truly, "I Wished on the Moon" - thank you Olive.
Peter Holdsworth escaped from his big band section work at Redworth Hall to blow on "Honeysuckle Rose" whilst Alan Rudd told the world, musically speaking, that tubas are passé.
Now, it's time for a night in to recharge in readiness for tomorrow night at The Saville Exchange with Roly, Keith, Caroline, Bruce and Tim Kliphuis.

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