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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.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Customs House Big Band + Ruth Lambert. Open rehearsal @ the New Crown, South Shields.

The only drawback to the Customs House Big Band's monthly open rehearsal at the New Crown, South Shields is the room - the most comfortable seats mean the band is hidden from view. However, this is a small - indeed the only - price to pay for their, as always, polished performance.
After a first set of stop-starting, honing, polishing and tweaking by leader Peter Morgan a one hour concert with vocals from Ruth Lambert followed.
So why wasn't the New Crown crowded? Just a couple of months back, at the Customs House, the band had drawn the punters in for two nights in a row at a tenner a head now they could have a goodly portion of that concert for free.
Strange...
Still their loss as the saying goes...
Of the newer stuff, bassist Jack (John?) Lowe impressed on Bernie's Tune and Gordon Marshall ensured that the brass played with power and precision.
For the concert proper Ruth cantered effortlessly through Time After Time, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Hard Hearted Hannah, I've Got The World On A String and Alright, Okay, You Win.
Our girl was in good voice.
Band numbers Blue Bossa, I Love Paris, Indiana and a couple more saw some good solos from Alan Marshall, Jill Brett, Jim McBriarty, Bill Brittain and Michael Lamb- even Roy Willis slipped in a rare guitar chorus.
It was nice work and they got it without having to try too hard.
Lance.
PS: Next open rehearsal by the band is Tuesday June 1 - stsp. Next gig is at the Saville Exchange, North Shields on Friday June 18.

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