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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.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Pilgrim Street Set @ Hoochie Coochie. January 14

Richard Burns (trumpet), Gary Turner (tenor), Paul Edis (keyboards), Paul Susans (bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Mid January, credit card max-out, blowing a gale, raining – every excuse/reason not to get out to a gig. Hoochie Coochie, one of Newcastle’s classier music venues, was open for business. A few turned-out to hear the ‘house band’, five of the north east’s busiest and best musicians calling themselves the ‘Pilgrim Street Set’.
Main Man Paul Susans absented himself from the opening number – a dodgy bass amp               necessitated a dash across town to pick up a spare – leaving the other ‘Main Man’, Rob Walker, to get the funking thing going. And this is one funking great band! Mid tune (a Paul Edis number titled We All Get Along) Main Man Susans returned, shuffled-off his winter coat, tracing some funking dance steps as he did so to orchestrated cheers (front man Richard Burns had set us up!), plugged in and was instantly in the groove!
The Main Men of the band – Sly and Robbie/Susans and Walker – are funk merchants par excellence. Susans (sporting a winter beard) probably didn’t miss a beat during his short absence (it’s as if he’s wired-in) and Walker probably hasn’t missed one funking  beat in his life! Some of the band’s material comes from seemingly unlikely sources. A bop number or two, yes, then Art Pepper, Ornette Coleman and Gong! Gong? The PSS (Pilgrim Street Set) can turn anything into a groove. Out front Richard Burns plays free Miles (and muted Miles, and some focused Burns’ trumpet playing). Alongside Aussie Burns is the PSS’s secret weapon. Gary Turner (tenor) lurks in the shadows, avoiding a Hoochie Coochie spotlight whenever possible. When called upon he steps up, tenor sax locked-on to a mic. Turner thinks a solo, the listener can almost hear him thinking. The noise is awesome, blowing away any wannabees in the audience (back to the woodshed).
This is a band full of Main Men. Susans and Walker, Burns and Turner. Then there is a fifth Main Man…Dr Paul Edis. Funking Horace Silver of course and some swinging jazz piano (Susans and Walker ever willing). The PSS are in residence third Thursday in the month. Date for your diary – Hoochie Coochie, February 19. What’s your excuse?          
Russell.                 

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