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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.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Chilli Road Band @ Baltic Square

The Chilli Road Band, not to be confused with Take it to the Bridge, the band that plays at the Chillingham on Wednesday nights, is a vibrant community band based, as the name implies, in and around the Chillingham Road area of Heaton and includes several pupils, teachers and parents from Chillingham Road School - where the band holds regular rehearsals - as well as other locals and the odd interloper from further afield (me!)
It's not an out and out jazz group although it has a fair number of jazz pieces in the repertoire - "Blue Bossa", "Canteloupe Island", "The Chicken" being typical examples and all 3 were given an airing - literally - tonight in an open air gig at Baltic Square on the Gateshead side of the Millennium Bridge.
The event was a fundraising fire-walk in which the participants, each of whom had to guarantee a minimum of £100 sponsorship for the privilege of walking across some burning logs, did just that. There were quite a number of them, in fact they were queuing up, and as far as I know there were no fatalities. It looks like the organisers - MacMillan Cancer Support - did okay and so they should for it is a deserving cause.
Getting back to the band, it is good to see young, talented musicians getting a taste of ensemble playing in such a loose band rather than the rigid formality of some musical organisations.
At tonight's gig there were about 25 players of varying ages playing a variety of steel pans/drums/percussion as well as a horn section of saxes, trumpets, trombone, flute, clarinet...
Despite the horrors of playing unmiked in the open-air the sound seemed to carry reasonably well and even the occasional music stand swept away by the prevailing mini-tornado didn't faze the players.
Available for weddings, bar-mitzvahs and firewalks.
Lance.

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