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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 13, 2019

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival: Keith Nichols Orchestra + Harlem Meer Cats - May 10

The Theatre by the Lake's idyllic setting by Derwentwater is home to Keith Nichols' many concert presentations. At this year's festival, Nichols applied his 'classic jazz' era expertise to a three-concert series - Ellington in Harlem (Friday), his Ragamuffins' outfit (Saturday) and the Festival Orchestra's grand finale (Sunday).

One Night in Harlem transported a near full house to Duke Ellington's late 20s/early 30s stomping ground as Nichols painted a picture of the Cotton Club days with Cotton Club Stomp (no.2) an appropriate opener. The veteran band leader commands the respect of (and works with) the very best musicians and with the likes of Tom 'Spats' Langham and Enrico Tomasso in the line-up, the evening couldn't be anything other than a resounding success. 

Black and Tan Fantasy, Langham's vocal on In My Solitude and, unsurprisingly, It Don't Mean a Thing with the orchestra in top form, made this an evening to remember. 

Earlier Ned Bennett's six-piece Harlem Meer Cats (including trumpeter Ben Cummings, pianist Colin Good and drummer Nick Ball) set the ball rolling with a similarly fine selection of Ellingtonia.   
Russell

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