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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 01, 2013

MuHaHa @ The Bridge Hotel. June 30

Brendan Murphy (tuned glass percussion), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn) & Neil Harland (double bass)
(Review by Russell. Photos by Ken Drew).
Splinter @ the Bridge presented a world premiere! Brendan Murphy’s amazing glass constructions - water-filled bowls, bells, blocks - constituted a glistening, gleaming, crystal orchestra from which sounds rang and chimed to the echo. Trumpeter Graham Hardy adopted Miles’ modal mode, bassist Neil Harland mined a rich seam of grooves. Hypnotic, insinuating loops took cover in the dusk of the night air, a grapefruit-green spotlight illuminated Murphy’s Heath Robinson instrument. 
Improvised pieces, written compositions, reference points punctuated the performance; Moorish sketches of Miles and Gil, the Eastern drone rung from fragile vessels of glass, a bass line suggesting A Love Supreme. A highlight of the evening, a Harland blues, went down to the Delta in search of Buddy Bolden. Hardy’s muted trumpet called out and I swear the iconic figure visited the Bridge, in spirit, if not in body. The late Keith Morris - musician, teacher, promoter - was friend and mentor to the Mu Ha Ha three, so it was fitting his Scheherazade be played so beautifully on such an occasion. My Favourite Things drew to a close a unique evening in the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel. Next week (Sunday 7 July) sees the welcome return of Alter Ego.
Photos (by Ken Drew).   
Russell.           


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