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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.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Alter Ego @ The Bridge Hotel. July 7

Keith Robinson (alto saxophone), Niall Armstrong (tenor saxophone & flute), Dave Hignett (trumpet & flugelhorn), Andy Hawking (keyboards), Tony Abel (double bass) & David Francis (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Murray Mania. The Scot we’re proud to claim as a Brit! The town was quiet, the denizens BBQ-ed out, in a slumber. But wait, Sunday means one thing… Splinter @ the Bridge. The faithful turned out as usual. Good to see Alter Ego back at the Bridge. It was warm, very warm. Windows open – the sounds of modern jazz hung on the air.
The sextet’s set list featured compositions by the masters of the art; Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley, Bobby Shew, Bobby Watson and others. Solos were shared around, the frontline horns assured soloists, so too pianist Andy Hawking and the new boy, bassist Tony Abel. David Francis drove the band – Blakey style – with authority, swinging it in tandem with Abel (a partnership full of promise). Cheesecake, The Soulful Mr Timmons and Alter Ego featured, respectively, Dave Hignett’s stirring trumpet work, the alto of Keith Robinson and Niall Armstrong’s first-rate flute playing. Top trumpet from Hignett on Hit and Run closed a good first set.
One or two late comers took their seats in time for the second set opener – Bobby Shew’s Red Snapper (Armstrong’s tenor and Hawking’s piano highlights). Monk’s Think of One took it down (growling, plungered trumpet, playful piano, bassist Abel more than). Bobby Watson’s A Wheel Within a Wheel took the brakes off, the rhythm section cookin’ on a steamin’ night. A good session from a cracking band. Catch Alter Ego on Sunday (14 July) at the Forum on Borough Road in Darlington (doors 5:30 pm).
Splinter’s scheduled session on 14 July – the Corrie Dick Quartet – has been cancelled. Stay tuned to Bebop Spoken Here for news of Splinter’s enticing alternative offer!  
Russell.          

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