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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.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Don Forbes' Safe Sextet @ The Star Inn + Jam Session(ish) July 10.

Don Forbes (tpt); Paul Gowland (alt); John Rowland (ten); Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); David Francis (dms). + John Pope (bs); Peter Ninnim (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Opening with One by One it soon became apparent that the "Safe Sextet" were playing anything but safe going for the jugular right from the start. The front line fire, well stoked by the power drive of Gilligan, Grainger and dep drummer Francis, became an inferno when they took Horace Silver's amusing classic Quicksilver even quicker. Previously the calypso rhythm of McCoy Tyner's Island Birdie had proved infectious - man I was almost in Trinidad!
Strangely, this is a sitting down band with only John Rowland standing up for some gutsy tenor solos. Sitting or standing Paul Gowland does the business and leader Forbes' trumpet licks are well versed in the hard bop idiom. On keys Pete Gilligan kept the flame burning and, along with Francis and Grainger, they were a match made in Birdland.
Indeed, had this been 1952, Blue Note would have snapped them up.
After the break, John Pope and Peter Ninnim sat in at a Moments Notice - to quote the first tune. Other numbers included the Emcee Five's The One That Got Away; Come Rain or Come Shine and Soon. Mike Papapavlou looked in to say farewell to the many friends he's made (Mike sends his apologies to Russell for not making it to the Chilli owing to family commitments). Mike didn't play but it was good to see him and to wish him well in New York.
A splendid evening
Lance

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