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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.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The Stu Brown Sextet - Twisted Toons: the music of Raymond Scott

The Stu Brown Sextet animates village halls in Wark, Corbridge and Whittingham with an evening exploring the weird and wonderful music of ‘the man who made the cartoons swing’. Raymond Scott was a little known band leader, composer and inventor, whose wacky, hyper-animated, eyeball-popping ‘cartoon jazz’ is most widely recognisable for it’s use in the Looney Tunes cartoons from the 1940’s onwards and, more recently, in Ren and Stimpy, and The Simpsons. The evening will feature offbeat compositions, performed by Stu’s brilliantly orchestrated sextet - Brian Molley -Tenor Sax; Martin Kershaw – Clarinet; Tom MacNiven – trumpet; Tom Gibbs – piano, Ray Percy – double bass and Stu Brown on drums.

The show opens with a specially commissioned eight minute documentary film about Raymond Scott, made by his son, Stan Warnow. The sextet then take over with tunes such as ‘Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals’ and Square Dance for ‘Eight Egyptian Mummies’ which lent themselves perfectly to the antics of Bugs, Daffy and Road Runner.
The group has proved immensely popular with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, from jazz fans, to general music lovers, to film and animations fans, and families with young children. They have played to crowds at many of the UK’s leading jazz festivals, including Manchester, Cheltenham, Edinburgh & Gateshead.
“Wittily daft, exotic and swinging…his band bounce through the hilariously detailed charts with immense relish and skill. Brilliant resurrection of 1930’s crackpot jazz” Chris Ingham, Mojo Magazine
Thursday 10th May 7.30pm. Whittingham Village Hall, Whittingham, NE66 4UP.£7 / £4.50 concession
01665 574 964.
Friday 11th May 7.30pm. Wark Town Hall & Mechanics Institute, Wark NE48 3LH £7 / £6 concession 01434 230 250.
Sunday 13th May 7.30pm. Corbridge Parish Hall, St Helens Street, NE45 5BE.
£7.50/ £4 child/ £20 family ticket. 07500 822 784.

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