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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.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Darlington Jazz Festival: Quakerhouse - May 4

Graham Hardy (trumpet); Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums)
(Review by Russell)

By mid-afternoon, on Saturday the 2019 Darlington Jazz Festival was well underway. Hot-footing it from the New Century Ragtime Orchestra's concert at St Augustine's Parish Centre to the Quakerhouse the first two of three sets - Josh Arcoleo Quartet and MGB - in the Mechanics' Yard pub were done and dusted. Arriving just in time to hear a scratch quartet conclude the afternoon's programme, the CAMRA award-winning hostelry was doing good business. 
Due to one of the bands pulling out earlier in the week festival organisers acted quickly to plug a gap in the schedule. Trumpeter Graham Hardy, in town to lead his Northern Monkey Brass Band in a street performance in less than hospitable cold and blustery conditions, readily agreed to play a set with three of County Durham's leading musicians. 

Setting up with a minimum of fuss, Hardy, pianist Dean Stockdale, bassist Mick Shoulder and drummer Abbie Finn played for three-quarters of an hour or so, choosing and agreeing on numbers as they went. Blue Skies (if only!) opened their set. Solos from trumpet, piano and bass with a regulation bout of fours set us up nicely. Tynesider Hardy has long-since been one of the region's foremost trumpeters but of late seems to be playing better than ever. 

Moanin' and, by way of stylistic contrast, In My Solitude brought out the best in the quartet notwithstanding a ragged ending here and there - ah, the perils of gigging without rehearsal time to top and tail a set list! Cherokee, taken at a leisurely pace rather than the often favoured 'eyeballs out' tempo, took on a New Orleans' shuffle feel set up and maintained by one of the festival's busiest musicians, the in-demand Abbie Finn. It had been well worth making a b-line to the Quakerhouse.   
Russell

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