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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.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival: Norbert & Enrico - May 9

Norbert Susemihl (trumpet); Enrico Tomasso (trumpet); Tom Kincaid (piano); Roy Percy (double bass); Jack Cotterill (drums)
(Review by Russell)

One very familiar name, one not so familiar. Multi award-winning trumpeter Enrico Tomasso crops up at most of the major festivals and as the 'big draw,' his presence delivered a full house. The other trumpet player on the bill, German Norbert Susemihl was, to all but a few, the unknown quantity. The two of them met for the first time about an hour before the start of their gig in Rawnsley Hall, scribbled down a set list and took it from there.

Any concerns that the two Armstrong disciples would get in the way of one another were soon dispelled. From the opening Cake Walkin' Babies to Black and BlueTom Cat Blues and more Rico and Norbert hit it off, playing as if sharing a stage for the umpteenth time. 

The rhythm section led by festival favourite pianist Tom Kincaid not only provided excellent support to the trumpeters, from time to time took its turn in the spotlight. Bassist Roy Percy and drummer Jack Cotterill handled everything that came their way and with two crackerjack players out front tht was no easy task!

Susemihl, tall, lean, divides much of his time between Copenhagen and New Orleans - somebody has to do it! He knows all the Crescent City guys - Tuba Skinny, the Shake 'Em Ups - and his thorough knowledge of the music ensured Tomasso was on his toes all night. Struttin' with Some Barbecue hit home - brilliant exchanges between the two principals and, as Rico remarked, it's one of the wonders of jazz that these occasions work. It had been an ace of a gig.  
Russell

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