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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: Stockdale, Shoulder, Finn @ Voodoo Cafe - May 4


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

A late Saturday afternoon finish at the Quakerhouse was followed by an even later late afternoon trio gig at the Voodoo Cafe. No sooner had Dean Stockdale, Mick Shoulder and Abbie Finn said their goodbyes to trumpeter Graham Hardy the trio picked up belongings and instruments and set up round the corner at the Voodoo Cafe on Skinnergate. 


Friday evening's Matt Roberts Sextet gig took place on the first floor above the Voodoo Cafe whereas this piano trio set played to a ground floor audience with the musicians advertising their wares to Skinnergate's high street footfall by plonking themselves in the shop window. Dean Stockdale likes to play Have You Met Miss Jones? and it seems bassist Mick Shoulder and drummer Abbie Finn share the pianist's liking for it. Gershwin's They Can't Take That Away From Me then Stockdale raided the Rodgers' library again to play My Romance

The Voodoo crowd comprised jazz festival insatiables and out-on-the-town types sipping cocktails with umbrellas - that's umbrellas in their drinks not the sort with a more practical use. They didn't hear a single note played but, right on cue, seal-like, applauded as if they were listening to their favourite pop star! 

Jobim's Triste evoked images of parasols rather than brollies, Sammy Fain's Alice in Wonderland waltzed along and Bird's Billie's Bounce fairly bounced along. The evening's big set piece marquee occasion wasn't far off so Stockdale and co left us with I Wish I Knew. A class act of a trio.      
Russell

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