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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Monday, May 21, 2012

Matt Anderson Quartet - Second Set

And so to the second set. Free into Edinburgh, a tune written by guitarist Aubin Vanns, was in the pad the last time the band made it to Newcastle and it was good to hear it again. For one so young Vanns is a most accomplished musician. An intro recalling the majestic playing of Martin Taylor gave little indication of what was to come. Matt Anderson’s tenor work evolved into an intense, yet restrained, post Coltrane sound freeing Vanns to construct yet another immaculate solo. Anderson’s Sfumato (inspired by Leonardo da Vinci) featured first the composer, then Vanns, followed by the superb drummer Sam Gardener. A standard – Moanin’ – was a real surprise. The Blakey drive, press rolls and all were stripped out. Which one of them would take on Lee Morgan’s killer intro? Ha! None of them. This was the coolest deconstruction of one of the great tunes. I don’t know…a young quartet daring to play as they did, secure in their abilities, trusting of one another, a collective sense of time (check out Sam Gardener) – what a band! 
A couple of Anderson originals – The Frozen Ocean and The Song Thief - closed out the set. Bassist John Marley featured on the penultimate number and the last tune of the night highlighted the beautifully modulated work of tenor and guitar. The boys return to the Bridge next month working in a seven piece band led by the fantastic vocalist Kate Peters. Whatever is on the telly that night forget it (record it if you must), you can listen to your Charlie Parker CDs some other time, just make sure you get to the Bridge Hotel on Sunday 10 June to hear the Kate Peters Septet.
Moanin'
Russell

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