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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).


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



Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.


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 03, 2019

Matthew Read Trio @ The Black Swan May 2

Matthew Read (bass); Arthur Newell (drums); Benedict Wood (guitar).
(Review by Steve H)

This may not have been the best-attended gig I have ever attended but what the audience lacked in number the quality and sheer commitment of the band more than made up for. This was the second night of a 25 gig UK tour to promote the band second album anecdotes II (reviewed here by Russell). After the gig Matthew told me that although the numbers had been far lower than that in Manchester the previous night the fact that the Black Swan attendees gave their playing such respect was a really positive experience.

It did appear that the trio were really enjoying themselves on stage and this contributed to the overall feel-good factor of the evening. All but one of the pieces performed were written by Read, the exception being Surprise Flight from guitarist Wood. Read enjoys pairing unlikely combinations when writing tunes,  for example When She Leaves was inspired by a parting from his fiancé for a couple of days and then not being able to listen to Brad Mehldau for a similar period. The most novel of these pairings was between Kurt Rosenwinkel and Kenrick Lamar on the tune ‘K’.

The overall feel of the music was relaxed, intricate and melodious, pyrotechnics were in short supply but that made it easier to focus on what the individual musicians were playing as well as taking in the overall canvas. All three members were not only highly gifted performers but seemed to be a genuine collective - playing for the group rather than themselves.
So, despite the sparseness of the crowd, a highly rewarding night and I wish the band every success with the rest of their tour.
Steve H.

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