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Noah Preminger: "The U.S.A - the greatest country in the world - didn't lift a finger to help their 3ooo-plus citizens in Morocco. We were abandoned by our own government." - (DownBeat June 2020).

Dave Rempis:Ten years from now, I can see musicians streaming concerts in real time and charging a minimal amount for people to watch.” - (DownBeat September 2013)


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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".


In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.


As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Afternoon Delights @ The Gateshead Jazz Festival

Where do I begin - there were so many? Well, Jason Yarde (pictured left) with the Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra was one. He blew up a storm on alto and soprano and the VOTNJO were with him every bar of the way. In particular, Adrian Tilbrook excelled.
Tremendous set.
Prior to Jason and the VOTNJO I'd caught BRASS JAW at the Gateshead Heritage Centre which is actually the former St Mary's Church.
This was the gig of them all to date!
Ryan Quigley (tpt), Paul Towndrow (alt), Konrad Wisniewski (ten) and Allan Beauvoisin (bar).
The program mixed originals with piece's like Sting's Walkin' on the Moon, Cedar Walton's Bolivia and a balladic Falling in Love All Over Again.
This latter number had Paul at his most rhapsodic verging on the Johnny Hodges meets Freddy Gardner - sumptuous.
Ryan was marvellous - if he'd been around in Joshua's time the wall's of Jericho would have come tumbling down without any help.
Likewise the other two saxes - tremendous.
Apart from the music there was also improvised choreography as the quartet wandered around the former church in different directions making the most of the magnificent acoustics. Loved every minute of it.
In the Jazz Lounge I heard, Horn Dogs and Extreme Measures both of whom were superb whilst on the concourse the Kettle Quartet, for me, got the nod.
PS: Still pondering on Abdullah Ibrahim. So, for the moment, I'll just say that the audience loved him.
Picture bottom left of Brass Jaw is by official Sage photographer Mark Savage and is not for use in events unrelated to The Sage.

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