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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 Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Crescent Club, Cullercoats - March 28

Brian Bennett (banjo); Bob Wade (trumpet); Brian Chester (trombone); Jim McBriarty (clarinet/alto); Bill Colledge (bass); Fred Thompson (drums/vocal); John Broddle (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
I had a couple of hours to spare before Tom's funeral so I dropped by the Crescent Club in Cullercoats to catch the first set by the Vieux Carré Jazzmen. Never a bad thing to do, particularly if you're sampling the real ales on offer as you listen. Unfortunately, I was driving and under doctor's orders not to partake so it was Coca-Cola for me.
Before Who's Sorry Now got the ball rolling, a rendition of Happy Birthday was sung by all to John Broddle who would himself soon be taking to the stage. However, on WSN it was Fred Thompson who knew all the words.
A spirited version of Rosetta before it was time for the birthday boy and Deep Purple followed by Running Wild. Somehow, it was difficult to imagine this audience running wild although no doubt back in the day...
Next up was an instrumental Otchichornya aka Dark Eyes followed by Fred Thompson singing Way Down Yonder in New Orleans although, of course, he was still in Cullercoats. Swinging the Blues had some unusual voicings in the head although there was nothing unusual about the solos from the horns. McBriarty is equally at home on alto or clarinet floating through the changes as if he'd been doing it all his life. Come to think of it, he probably has. Bob Wade leads from the front with the power and the panache of, say, Yank Lawson or Max Kaminsky and moving the VCJ a little further up the Mississippi than in days of yore. On trombone, Brian Chester, depping for the ailing McBriarty major, ensured they didn't stray too far from the levee. A combination of contrasting styles that made every number interesting.
The intermission time was beckoning and it wouldn't be long before I was heading for the graveyard - perhaps I should have requested St. James Infirmary Blues. As it was, John Broddle returned and gave us Roses of Picardy. Not a tune you hear very often with banjo accompaniment.
Happy Birthday, John.
Lance.
PS: Unfortunately, I missed Miles sitting in on trumpet and vocal - next time!

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