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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, June 08, 2018

RIP Ray Tones

Sad to learn of the death, on May 26, of another South Tyneside pianist/organist Ramon (Ray) Tones. Although better known on the CIU Club circuit than the jazz scene Ray was, nevertheless, a fine jazz pianist heavily influenced by Erroll Garner and his famed Concert by the Sea album. Resident for many years at The Shack in Boldon and later at the Alberta in Jarrow. Ray was well-respected for his all-round ability irrespective of the genre.
He was also the uncle of luthier/guitar repairer/guitarist Les Tones.
Condolences to wife Mary and family may he Rest In Peace.
Lance.
PS: The passing of Ray reminds me of the number of very fine South Tyneside based pianists that have left us over the past couple of years - Alan Bulley, Derek Hunter, George Laing and now Ray Tones.
Apologies for the quality of the photo of Ray taken over 20 years ago at the now, long demolished, Ellison Arms in Hebburn. The pub owner looks on appreciatively.

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