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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, May 08, 2019

Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington - May 5

Anth Purdy (guitar)

This was one gig not associated with this year's Darlington Jazz Festival! The Quakerhouse pub presents live music several nights a week, week in, week out. Blues, rock, pop and, yes, jazz, but this late Sunday afternoon appearance by Northumberland's Anth Purdy offered a rockabilly-like take on some of the pioneering guitarists.


As a solo performer Purdy deploys a box of tricks which allows him to lay down a rhythm track and improvise over it with frequent use of a tremelo arm. The many jazz fans in town would have recognised the names - Charlie Christian, Les Paul, Django Reinhardt - as Purdy spoke, at times reverentially, about his guitar heroes. 

Purdy's rock 'n' roll leanings were evident in his guitar playing and dress code. The Ventures, Big Jay McNeely, a Dick Dale surf sound and an original, The Buckle Up, written as an homage to The Hucklebuck, neatly summed up what Purdy's gig is about. The Darlington Jazz Festival beckoned once more...    
Russell

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