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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.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Manchester Jazz Festival. Report by Ten Pressed Men +

Just got back from 2 days volunteering at Manchester Jazz Festival. Tasks included giving out flyers in the street/programmes at gigs, carrying instruments/gear in and out, head counting ,selling CDs and getting questionnaires filled in. Perks were:- A Free T shirt (size XL!!), soft drinks, food and good companionship with the other volunteers. Saturday: Based in St Anne's Square. Good weather, no wind and an excellent sound man. With 3 bands on I only got to listen to some of it.
Day One Program. Gerry Richardson's band kicked it all off in style (see photo). All copies of their 3 different CDs sold out even before they finished their set. What a wonderful surprise it was to find Don Fairly on trombone giving it some "real welly". The man is such a great all-rounder. The last time I heard him play was at our New Century Ragtime Orc. gig at Newbiggin. We have Don's own band booked for Ashington latter in the year playing in yet another era. All three bands had bari sax players but I think Sue was the only female musician in all 3 bands ------------------------------------------------------------- Sunday:Bridgewater Hall. The concert was in the foyer/bar area with about 100 seats and another 400 punters standing/leaning or lying on the floor' These 3 gigs were sponsored by Jazz Services. I met the London based Director of Jazz Services Chris Hodgkins and a Greek lady who looks after the listing and magazines etc. Chris said he comes to Whitley Bay a lot (I think his wife has a place there) Anyway he seemed to know everyone including Chris Yates, Mike Durham etc. Day 2 Program. The highlight of Sunday was the Ryan Quigley band - with Paul Booth and Brian Kellock. A lady travelling with the band was non other than Cathy Rae, daughter of the legend Scottish bass player Ronnie Rae. She said she was relaxing now after running a very successful Glasgow Jazz Festival.
John Taylor.

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