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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.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival 2010 Preview - The Stan Tracey Octet

Stan Tracey C.B.E. has worked in many different settings ranging from backing such greats as Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins and many more via solo and small group sessions to leading a big band playing his own compositions and arrangements. However, amidst all these different settings, the one that stands out for me is his Octet.
More than a small group, less than a big band, the octet seems to capture the best of both mediums.
I first heard them at Scarborough in 2007 and was completely floored. At Gateshead this year the line-up is virtually the same except Guy Barker is on trumpet - a plus point - or six - in anyone's book.
Alongside Barker, Mark Nightingale, (tmb), Sammy Mayne (alto), Simon Allen and Mornington Lockett on tenors make for an unbeatable front-line. With Tracey senior on piano, Tracey junior (Clark) on drums and, most likely, Andy Cleyndert on bass this is an absolute dream line-up.
Like Duke Ellington, Stan Tracey's alma mater, he writes to the strengths of his sidemen which, given the strength of his sidemen, gaves him much strength indeed!
I'm looking forward to this one even if it means foregoing Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra - I bet that, afterwards, two buses come along at once!
The Stan Tracey Octet. Hall Two 8:00pm. Friday March 26. £7 - £18.50.
(There is a Pre-concert talk where author and broadcaster Alyn Shipman takes Stan Tracey on a journey through his life and music from the early days of modern jazz in this country. This is in Hall Two and is free to ticket holders for the Stan Tracey concert.)
Lance.
Tickets for all concerts from The Sage Box Office, or by telephone 0191 4434661, or online www.thesagegateshead.org/.

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