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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, May 08, 2017

Led Bib @ the Bridge Hotel May 5











Chris Williams, Pete Grogan (alto saxes); Toby McLaren (keyboards); Liran Donin (bass); Mark Holub (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Led Bib have been frequent visitors to Tyneside ever since JNE supremo Paul Bream heard them playing on a boat in London in 2005 and thought they were worth a punt. I have been lucky enough to see them several time over the years and have always thoroughly enjoyed them.  I reviewed their last gig in Newcastle, at The Jazz Café almost 18 months ago, very positively.  However, on Sunday night the band seemed to have taken a quantum leap such was the quality and level of their performance. I would say it was the best gig I had seen from a British based band in years. The capacity audience, some of whom had travelled from far and wide, seemed to be in agreement. The band always play thumping, raucous, rocking jazz but on Sunday the performance seemed more nuanced, taking us all on a marvellous, uplifting, exhilarating journey.
Although the individual members all played wonderful solos these were not the highlights of the gig, rather it was the feel of the ensemble playing which really took one’s breath away. The twin altos of Williams and Grogan certainly gave the music a certain original bounce, Donin’s bass playing was sensational and McLaren was wonderfully inventive on keyboards. The whole shooting match was driven by the relentless, powerhouse, creative drumming of bandleader Holub.
All the tunes played bar one were from their latest album Umbrella Weather. After the gig whilst purchasing the aforementioned CD I mentioned to the band that I was buying it despite the fact that my favourite piece of the evening was not even on it. They apologised but explained that they were not able to reproduce the work in the studio in the same inspirational way that they had managed to perform it for us that evening. Proving that the joy of attending live music is that you never know what you might get and that sometimes you are lucky enough to be euphorically swept away by a band at the top of their game.
Steve H

1 comment :

Steve T said...

I saw them at the Gala in Durham a few years ago, a gig at least one of them has forgotten. I know I liked it but I certainly don't remember them being this good.
I remember asking one of them how they felt about people walking out only to be embarrassed that they didn't know. Shows how perceptions of Jazz have changed in just a few short years.

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