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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.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Burundanga @ Hoochie Coochie March 28, 2013

(Review by Lance)
Burundanga, I learned after the gig, is also the name of a drug said to be used by US criminals who hand out business cards impregnated with the shit to incapacitate their victim. I didn't really need to know this having just been given a card by Sara, the band's manager!
It was true - I did feel incapacitated although that may have been caused by the bottles of London Pride consumed or perhaps the infectious rhythms laid down by the band rather than any dodgy cards.

Burundanga - the band - are a multi-national ensemble, well known around the region, whose music knows no boundaries. Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Africa - Reggae, Ska, Hip-Hop, Funk and several other genres entertained the near capacity crowd who danced like Dervishes to the frenzied rhythms.

Many of the songs were familiar but, being sung in Spanish (or some derivative), I couldn't put names to them or the band for that matter!. With a line-up of lead guitar/vocals, bass guitar, drums, congas, timbales/vocals etc the sextet's emphasis was on compelling Latin rhythms and ethnic vocals with few solos although when the lead guitarist vacated the mic. he proved he could handle the axe by soloing with mucho dexterity. This was as close as we got to any jazz but the excitement fermented by the percussionists, augmented as they were by the cocktail shaking bar staff whose work rate matched that of the band, more than compensated for it.
Lance.

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