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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.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

The Paul Donnelly Quartet @ Dormans Jazz Festival,Middlesbrough-April 25th

Paul Donnelly (guitar); Rick Laughlin (Keys,synth); Keith Peberdy (bass); Paul Smith (drums)
(Review by Ron H)

When four well known local musicians of this standard came together at Dormans the audience were full of expectations and they certainly were not disappointed.

Starting the first set with a fine swinging version of On Broadway, from the George Benson album showed that we were in for an evening of exciting jazz. Nature Boy, followed with inventive solos from Rick on keys, Paul Donnelly's fine octave work on guitar and a nice bass solo from Keith coupled with the imitable Paul Smith on drums showed how well they all played together.

Written for James Taylor, Pat Metheny's James, was followed by the ever popular Latin piece Black Orpheus, beautifully played with great guitar and keyboard work.A nice rhythmic  Donny Hathaway number Where Is The Love, preceded the ending of the first set
 with an up tempo George Benson's Bayou which, being based  on I've Got Rhythm, gave plenty of scope for inventive solos from all.

The second half started with Jingles, and Paul showing  great Wes Montgomery style guitar technique. A nice melodic  jazz version of the pop tune I Say a Little Prayer, was played before the mood was changed with Monk's fast blues Straight No Chaser, including a fine solo from Rick on synthesizer and the rock ballad from Carol King's album It's Too Late.

The second set came to an end with a request for This Masquerade but after much applause from the audience, an encore of George Benson'slAffirmation, was played in great style with a terrific drum solo from Paul.

This quartet was one of the best ever at Dormans  with their choice and arrangements of the numbers that delighted the audience.

With thanks to Dormans Club for their support in helping to make this Mini Jazz Festival successful.

Ron H

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