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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.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Lickety Split @ Hoochie Coochie Thursday August 23.

Eddie Bellis (tmb); Kevin Eland (tpt); Alan Marshall (alt); John Hudson (ten); Bill Brittain (pno); Roy Willis (gtr); Mick Danby (bs); Paul Wight (dms); Steph and Ike (dancers).
(Review by Lance).
A slick, polished performance by a band that produces an overall sound suggestive of an even larger ensemble.

The program consisted of mainly bebop classics including; Blues Walk, Jordu, Filthy McNasty, St. Thomas, Well You Needn't and Sister Sadie amongst others. Stand out performance for me was Jim Martin's Curious George - a bebop tune based on the chord sequence of Georgia on my Mind.
Trumpeter Eland went sky-walking in that rarefied 'sphere beyond top C, Marshall and Hudson did Adolph Sax proud, Bellis' trombone playing has a nice smooth, dry sound, Brittain ruled the keys (and many of the arrangements), Willis chipped in with chordal accompaniments as well as some imaginative solos, on bass guitar Deputy Danby did the biz whilst Paul Wight kicked the whole shebang along nicely.
This wasn't all!
During the latter part of the second set two jazz dancers - Steph and Ike - took to the floor with style and grace responding to the moods and nuances taking place on the stand with an elegance that could almost have been choreographed! .
Lance.

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