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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Jimmy Giuffre

Paul Bream (see link) has drawn attention to the death of composer, arranger sax and clarinet player Jimmy Giuffre. For me, one of Jimmy Giuffre's greatest achievements was his composition "Four Brothers" written for Woody Herman's Third Herd; a number that is justly still in vogue with big bands and vocal groups.
The Jimmy Giuffre Trio appeared at Newcastle City Hall in March 1960 as part of a JATP package. The other two members were Jim Hall on guitar and Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass.
I recall, from notes I made on the program during the concert, that he played three numbers in a 20 minute set; "Blue Monk", an original called "Easy Way" and Duke's "In A Mellotone", playing tenor on "Mellotone" and clarinet on the other two.
He was one day short of his 87th birthday when he died.
Lance

2 comments :

Phil Kelly said...

I was also saddened by the death of Jimmy (on the same weekend as Humphrey Lyttleton) I own a great recording on vinyl of "Quasar" by the Jimmy Giuffre 4, ever heard it? It blew my mind when I bought it 20 years ago.

Was at the gig at the "Chilly Arms" on 14th May, yes, David Carnegie is something else!

Great blog,

Cheers,
Phil Kelly.

Lance said...

No, I haven't heard "Quasar", but I'll look out for it. I've only got "The Train and the River" LP which I must admit that, until this week, I hadn't played for years. When I played it the other day the piece that most caught my ear was the Jim Hall feature "Crazy He Calls Me".
Thanks for your kind remarks; I look forward to more from you.

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