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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 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, March 28, 2013

Remembering Ray

Yesterday's Sunderland Echo (Wednesday March 27) published a two page spread on the late bandleader, pianist, trombonist, arranger, composer, educator, Ray Chester.
Ray, who died in January this year, is given a well-deserved write-up (including photographs) detailing his career and achievements - achievements that reached out from his hometown of Sunderland to the hallowed portals of Broadcasting House where he won several Big Band Awards. It also includes tributes from friends and fellow musicians taken, mainly, from the pages of Bebop Spoken Here. Unfortunately, the Echo have not posted the article on-line so ask your newsagent to get you a copy.
A further tribute will be paid to Ray on Sunday June 23 at the Customs House, South Shields when the Ray Chester Big Band with Mia Webb will give a concert in his memory. Tickets are £10 and all proceeds go to St. Benedict's Hospice, Sunderland. A worthy cause and a chance to remember a fine musician and a gentleman.
Tickets can be obtained from the Customs House or on-line here.
Lance.

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