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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.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Oriental Jazz Band @ Jazz at the Fell, Gateshead.

Bram van Tongeren (trumpet), Harm Hillegers (clarinet, alto-saxophone), Barry Woestenburg (trombone, vocals), Robert Botman (banjo), Lauryan Feijen (bass, vocals), Bob Leijen (drums, vocals), Carmen Vos (piano).
In the UK I sometimes have the impression that, to play New Orleans Jazz, the main essentials are to have a senior citizen's bus pass and a first edition of A Hundred Hot Licks for Bb Instruments (pub. Herman Darewski).
In Holland, and indeed mainland Europe and The World, these rules don't seem to apply as the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival proved last weekend and as the oddly named Oriental Jazz Band did tonight at Gateshead Fell.
The young Dutchmen (and woman) with an average age I would guess of around 25 played a rocking set that had the dance floor in business from the second number onwards.
It reminded me in places of the old Dutch Swing College Band and it was good to know that there are young musicians fanning the flames of early jazz. Jazz/music shouldn't be a victim of ageism a player should feel free to play the music he wants to play whether it be New Orleans, Bebop or Hebridean folk songs on the bagpipes.
The Oriental Jazz Band combine the wonderful ability to be both musicians and entertainers and, despite their youth, performed with maturity and professionalism.
Impossible to list all the highlights but Georgia On My Mind with a vocal by drummer Bob Leijen and some magnificent blues inspired piano choruses from pianist Vos was one. Another was Hillegers' Charlie Holmes-like alto on Girl of my Dreams. There'll Be Some Changes Made saw the ensemble release it's power in a polyphonic explosion whilst Someday You'll Be Sorry featured the round-toned trumpet of Van Tongeren.
Vocals were ably handled by drummer Leijan and trombonist Woestenburg with solid support from bass and banjo.
A splendid gig with a good appreciative crowd.
Catch the band at Boston Spa tomorrow (Saturday July 17).
Lance

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