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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 15, 2019

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival: Keith Nichols & the Festival Orchestra - May 12

(Review by Russell)

On a beautiful, warm Sunday evening the closing event of this year's Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival at Theatre by the Lake featured the all-star Festival Orchestra. This third and final concert masterminded by Keith Nichols attracted yet another full house and, little wonder, given the talent on show.

Bashful Baby (Ben Pollack's band), Ain't Misbehavin' (Enrico Tomasso, vocals, Mike Henry, trumpet - it took two of the best to measure up to Louis Armstrong!), Hot Tempered Blues (Charlie Johnson's band), MD Keith Nichols didn't waste any time with this fast-moving revue. The MD's right-hand man, Spats Langham, played Eddie Lang to Mike Henry's Bix on I'm Coming Virginia and later in the evening Spats delighted the audience with, as the man said: the unique Al Bowlly (Midnight, the Stars and You).

MD Nichols took a vocal on St Louis Blues, the orchestra excelled throughout, not least on two features for Rico Tomasso (Mahogany Hall Stomp) and a virtuosic take on Rex Stewart (Trumpet in Spades), the latter bringing the house down.  

Nichols' humour shone through, teasing first one, then another, of his A-list band. They took it in their stride, resisting the temptation to return the one-liners, instead, letting the music speak for them. The Theatre by the Lake crowd roared its approval and an encore - King Porter Stomp - brought the curtain down on a vintage year in Keswick.       
Russell 
Keith Nichols (MD, piano, vocals); Enrico Tomasso (trumpet, vocals); Mike Henry (trumpet); Graham Hughes (trombone); Michael McQuaid (reeds); Richard Exall (reeds); David Horniblow (reeds); Spats Langham (guitar, vocals); Malcolm Sked (double bass, sousaphone); Nick Ward (drums)  

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