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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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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 Monday May 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Hoochie Coochie Jam Session

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Susans (bs. gtr.); Mark Williams (gtr);  Jeff Armstrong (dms).; Debra Milne (vcl); Richard Burns  (tpt).
It took a while to get the balance right but when they did it was like Whoosh! 
Waltz For Debbie,swung all the way, and in 3/4 time, unlike the versions by Bill Evans/Peterson and others who invariably go to 4/4 for the solos. This was a piece de resistance with Mark and Pete giving "Debbie" a night to remember!
Stella by Artois , as Pete introduced the well known standard, was another lady taken on a whirlwind trip as Mark sent her on a journey to and beyond the stars at an ever increasing tempo that approached the speed of light. Paul Susans dug in and steadied the ship as Jeff's drums broke through the Sound Barrier.
Interval time and a bottle of London Pride was called for to dilute the adrenalin.
Good to see John Taylor of Ashington who confessed that he'd never heard Pete Gilligan before tonight - he was impressed!
Second set and Debra Milne was up doing Senor Blues and Long Way to Go - the latter, a Coltrane number, had Aussie trumpet player Richard Burns blowing a minimalist, yet effective, solo and Debra handling the tricky lyric with apparent ease.
A funky instrumental had some great Hammond sounds before they signed off with All Blues. Not surprisingly bass and trumpet were well featured.
A good session that only needed a few more jammers.
Lance.

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