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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.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

CD Review: Kansas Smitty's House Band - Broadway 2018

Pete Horsfall (cornet); Giacomo Smith (alto sax); Alec Harper (tenor sax); Dave Archer (guitar); Joe Webb (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Will Cleasby (drums) + (on track 4)  Adrian Cox (clarinet); Pedro Segundo (drums).
(Review by Lance).

My favourite British band from the 1940s was the Harry Hayes Sextet. They epitomised jazz/swing/pre-bop music in the immediate post-war years and were probably as close to small group Ellingtonia as any other outfit within these isles.

Imagine if they had emerged 70 years later - my guess is that they would have sounded very much like Kansas Smitty's Houseband which is a tribute to both bands. The Smithsonian's of 63-65 Broadway Market, E8 4PH have truly managed to create a link between the past, the present and (we hope) the future.

Broadway 2018, released in December last year, is a compilation of, in their opinion, the best of the numbers featured on EP and live performance over the past 12 months. I won't argue with the choice and nor would I disagree if the selection had been totally different. Anyone who heard the band at Sage Gateshead last year will, I'm sure, rubber stamp my approval.

I've got the feeling that on my next trip to London I may be bypassing W1 for E8!
Lance.
See also details of their latest EP due out this month.
PS: Adrian Cox is at Darlington this lunchtime (March 2 - see above listings for details).

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