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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.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Newcastle Big Band Fans Tune in Tomorrow to Radio 4 - "PM" Programme

An opportunity has come about to talk about John Pearce, my first husband and father of Anna and James, on Radio 4's 'pm' programme. (By Angi) 
This is possible because of a record that was made of the Newcastle Big Band shortly before John died in April 1974.  There were 2000 copies made and sold.  Andy Hudson, who was the brilliant originator and leader of the band, tells me that they are now collector's items - not because of John but because of the bass guitar, Gordon Sumner aka Sting of The Police!
I am excited (think that's the word - nervous certainly applies) to be being interviewed by Eddie Mair on a nostalgia slot on Radio 4's PM programme tomorrow  but the thought of John's trumpet playing being heard over the airwaves is wonderful and would thrill him to bits! 
John spent literally hours writing individual parts for all the members of the Big Band, for every tune they played, as well as rehearsing the almost impossibly high trumpet notes (top D) as heard on the recording of 'MacArthur Park'.
Perhaps those people who crowded into the University Theatre bar in Newcastle to listen to the Big Band every Sunday in the 70s may be listening and can enjoy the memories, too.
Angi.
         PS: Program goes on air at 5pm -(Angi's on at 5:50pm.)  Link

2 comments :

Lance said...

Angi, those were beautiful words - I was almost in tears myself. Very emotive and a poignant memory of those bygone days and worth waiting for the 50 minutes of the hourlong program it took to get there.

russell said...

Having heard the programme I think its time to play my copy of the LP again.

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