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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.

Evening

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Jazz at the Lit and Phil - Saxophonics.

Keith Robinson (alt/sop); Steve Summers (alt); Niall Armstrong (bar); Graeme Wilson (ten).
(Review by Lance).
An out and out demonstration of saxophone virtuosity. The fingers fairly flew as the four players negotiated the twists and turns of the complex charts with the agility of a downhill skier.
Not that it was all devil take the hindmost. There were moments of beauty and some rich harmonies but this was no conventional sax section. More like a syncopated Bach fugue or a Mozart string quartet that rocked and almost rolled.
With the exception of Night in Tunisia, Mike Mower's Yuppieville Radio and the 29th St., Saxophone Quartet's Claudia's Car, the majority of the pieces were composed and arranged by Graeme Wilson with Niall Armstrong chipping in with the train-like Miner (Minor?) Niner
A special word is called for re Armstrong. To paraphrase an old saying, the man who sells insurance has nothing like the endurance of a baritone player in a saxophone quartet! He is a one man rhythm section, providing both rhythm and harmony for the others to build on. They can take a nap or go for a walk but the bari boy has to be there constantly and, should he falter, then the ship sinks!
Niall didn't falter. Whilst Graeme, Steve and Keith were shooting for the moon he was 20,000 leagues beneath the sea. Plumbing the depths but rising to the surface to ensure the saxonauts landed safely.
Piano, bass, drums - who needs 'em?
Lance.
Next afternoon concert in the series is on May 10 and features Watson, Walker, Edis.

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