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Jeremy Pelt: "In my experience, the hottest player on the scene is almost always the most annoying motherfucker on the scene because they know that they're hot." - (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 Sunday May 19



Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar - Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth NE24 3PQ. 10:00am-4:00pm. Free. 'Blyth Battery Goes to War Weekend'.

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio (James Harrison, piano).


Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Archie Brown & the Young Bucks - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.



Sue Ferris Quintet - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Philip Clouts Quartet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00 (£7.00 student).

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

Monday, November 02, 2009

Gilad Atzmon Workshop - The Primacy of The Ear (Part 2)

This was a hugely rewarding and fascinating experience. Distilling down huge knowledge and experience Gilad kept the whole thing simple, relevant and disarmingly honest. That honesty tended to focus on we instrumentalists who demonstrated some degree of disconnection between ears and instrument.
The answer?
Singing of course!
Now most jazz pedagogues (Jamie Aebersold and just about all others you might think of) recommend this, but Gilad demonstrated with amazing fluency and style, dividing scales and patterns between voice and alto sax. And in our impromptu instrumental groups his playing confirmed the benefits with astonishingly accurate replication of themes and patterns and answering phrases. He even got me singing - a belated apology to the other group members for my rendition of "Well you Needn't."
Above all else Gilad is an engaging personality with a highly positive direct teaching style and a wicked sense of humour. Even without the playing experience I would have turned up just to sit and hear him talk for and hour or two. Let's hope we can get him back here again soon - don't miss it if it happens. This is the sort of opportunity which really ought to be a part of the Sage Jazz Festival.

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