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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, February 02, 2015

CD review: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band – Strictly Smokin’ Big Band

(Review by Russell)
A six track CD. The then (2014) regular line-up went into Loft Studios in Newcastle to document the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s efforts to date. The 2015 personnel remains largely unchanged. The band’s many followers know how good the live experience is – every single one of them will want a copy of this Strictly Smokin’ Big Band CD. That’s an initial pressing of 10,000 then (conservative estimate)!
Caravan opens the recording with solos from Pete Tanton, Paul Gowland and Pawel Jedrzejewski. It’s a simple statement: This is what we do. Vocalist James Hedley sings Feeling Good (Newley, Bricusse) with a superb trumpet section behind him. This is one of the band’s strongest numbers (live or studio). Lindsay Hannon makes the first of two appearances on Alright, Okay, You Win and vocal sparring partner Hedley returns to say It Had to be You with a big Hollywood-style orchestral entrance; a second’s silence then the debonair Hedley opines It Had to be You. Big arrangement, big playing, all on a shoe-string budget! A dance band swing time Have You Met Miss Jones? hears the band in relaxed mood, showing off the talents of the full ensemble (Toms, tenor and MD Lamb on trumpet). Ms Hannon takes it out on Makin’ Whoopee. Six tracks, twenty minutes, an excellent example of just what the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band is about. Buy it, play it, see the band live. www.strictly-smokin.co.uk
Russell.
Steve Summers, Keith Robinson (alt); Paul Gowland , Jamie Toms (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Gordon Marshall, Michael Lamb (MD), Pete Tanton, Dick Stacey (tpt); Mark Ferris, Kieran Parnaby, Robert Perry, John Flood (tmb); Marc Jolliffe (pno); Pawel Jedrzejewski (gtr); Michael Whent (bs); Guy Swinton (dms); Lindsay Hannon & James Hedley (vocals).

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