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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.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Darlington Jazz Festival: Gypsy Jazz Brunch & Triptych/Aga Serugo-Lugo - May 5


(Review by Russell)

An early start was required on Sunday for the festival goer determined to hear something of everything. A jazz brunch, a street jazz performance, a church 'service' and a big band blow out to end it all. The weather forecast suggested things would be marginally better and, by and large, that would prove to be the case.

A late morning train to Darlington meant your reviewer missed - only just! - the first set of the day. Emma Fisk and Dave Harris had been and gone a matter of minutes earlier, their duo set at Hash Bar on Conisclffe Road the first serving of an all things Django and Stéphane Gypsy Jazz Brunch


Following hot on their heels were Gordon Dyke (violin) and Shaun Henderson (guitar). The duo's short set encompassed more than the standard jazz repertoire with numbers such as Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke (a Ducal reference, of course) and, you'd never guess...the theme tune to the children's television programme Vision On

From Hash Bar it was a short walk to St Cuthbert's Church. On the way, the Northern Monkey Brass Band boys were spotted setting-up for their second street performance of the weekend. As the 'congregation' filed into the impressive St Cuthbert's Church the first half of a double bill - Triptych - completed a sound check ahead of a two thirty start. The trio, comprised of Paul Edis (piano, keyboards, clarinet), Paul Susans (bass guitar) and Rob Walker (drums, keyboards), had recently been in the studio over two days to record material for an album and two pieces from the Blank Studios' sessions were heard in the grand setting of St Cuthbert's. 
 
Pews were well populated for the second half of this Sunday afternoon service. Aga Serugo-Lugo (community choir leader, piano, vocals) arrived in Darlington amidst much hype. Much talk of the man being an inspirational workshop leader, would Serugo-Lugo live up to his reputation? On this evidence most definitely. A one-off meeting earlier in the day between the man and a disparate group of enthusiastic singers prepared all involved for this public performance. Serugo-Lugo's palpable energy and enthusiasm transmitted to the soulful choir as individual members stepped forward to holler and scat on numbers such as the spiritual Wade in the Water and Aloe Blacc's I Need a Dollar.  
Russell.

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