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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, October 27, 2014

Samadhi @ The Bridge Hotel. October 26

Krzysztof Urbanski (tenor & soprano saxophones), Dominic J Marshall (keyboards), Nick Jurd (double bass), Sam Gardner (drums) & Sam Bell (percussion)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
London-based Sam Gardner (the man has relocated from the Leeds Hothouse to the easy-to-crack jazz scene in the Smoke!) made a welcome return to Splinter @ The Bridge with Samadhi, his youthful quintet. Remarkably, Dominic J Marshall (keyboards, baseball cap and prodigious talent) and bassist Nick Jurd (the look of a lower sixth former, the twenty-something trans-Atlantic tour veteran), recent BMus graduates both, have tour itineraries stretching into 2015 and beyond.
Samadhi is Gardner’s personal project seeking to play without ego (Buddhist philosophy a current preoccupation). So, what to make of his compositions? The Doctrine of Mutual Independence, an expansive piece, opened the set with Krzysztof Urbanski on soprano as Marshall developed the first of several solos; harmonically complex, fluent ideas, devoid of  the current vogue for tedious, repetitive motifs. Subutai heard Urbanski touching base with Coltrane and the post-Coltrane Wayne Shorter. The third and closing number of the first set – Deminos  - featured more invigorating piano as reeds sat out (Urbanski sat and listened, no detached indifference).
The second set offered more of the same with one marked difference - Gardner presented several numbers without comment, without pause. The percussion axis (Gardner and Sam Bell) constructed patterns based upon Eastern philosophical thought (numbers, no.5 as an example, are of interest to the bandleader) with Gardner indicating cues (the boys weren’t in need of such instruction as they were on top of matters!) and smiling contentedly.
Russell.

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