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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.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

CD Review: Martin Wheatley - All Day Breakfast.

Hula Bluebirds: Martin Wheatley (gtrs/uke/bjo/vcl); Jake Rodriguez (gtr); Dave Croft (uke); 
Arcadians: Martin Wheatley (gtr/uke/vcl); Mike Piggott (vln/gtr); Tom Langham (gtr/vcl/uke); Roger Graham (bs);.
(Review by Lance.)
A lovely souvenir of last night's gig at the Customs House plus some gems by Wheatley's Arcadians.
A superb selection of songs familiar and otherwise. For anyone who loves that period between the wars when small group swing took over from the traditional New Orleans line-up and reigned supreme until  it was swamped by the big bands. Paradoxically, the big bands themselves often featured small group bands within a bad thus keeping the genre alive!
This is early Hot Club, Stuff Smith, Carl Kress, Teddy Bunn, Spirits of Rhythm, pre bop 52nd St. - this is the personification of swing!
Wheatley is a master of his craft, his acoustic playing a lesson in subtlety as well as demonstrating how to get the most out of a tune without pyrotechnics. Piggott too delivers the spirit of Grappelli but with the soul of Piggott..
Fascinating Rhythm has Wheatley on Hawaiian, Piggott on rhythm guitar and Langham on Uke - fascinating! Martin plays solo tenor guitar on Oh!  Varmeland, So Beautiful; banjo on Skylark; Stella By Starlight (on uke) and a mandolin based object - the Octaphone on Lullaby in Rhythm.
A gem of an album who like their jazz to be accessible, I'll be playing this very often.
Lance.
Martin Wheatley - All Day Breakfast is available here.

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