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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, September 26, 2010

Scarborough Jazz Festival Day Two - Afternoon

Threeway - Steve Waterman (tpt/flg), Steve Lodder (pno/keys), Ben Crosland (bs/gtr). As the name implies, this wasn't a frontline horn with backing set up but a trio of equals playing lines that complemented and supported each other. Of the many highlights Secret Love with its bravura trumpet intro stood out before it was kicked upfield for the piano to carry with some fancy fingerwork before trumpet picked up the ball and ran with a triple-tongued blast that may have begun in Arban's Method For Trumpet but didn't end there! Breath-taking or to be more precise - circular breath-taking.
Annie O'Donnell described the sound of the Waterman flugel as falling dew and a lover's touch!
More from the poetic Annie later.
Tim Whitehead's Colour Beginnings. Tim Whitehead (ten), Liam Noble (pno), Pat Bennison (bs), Milo Fell? (dms).
This was an interesting project that, sadly for me at any rate, didn't work. The idea was that Tim, after spending 2 months looking at Turner's paintings in the Tate Gallery then produced his compositions/improvisations based on what he'd absorbed. The various images were flashed on the screens as he played and occasionally chanted. Sometimes the music was very good but frankly I was unable to relate what he was playing to what was on screen - maybe only he could.
As someone on a nearby table described it - "I became disengaged early on'.
Me too brother.
Andrea Vicari with Jazz ExTempore. Andrea Vicari (pno), Elvis Stanic (gtr/acc), Rico De Veer (bs), Christ Yotsov (dms). I suppose it had to come - a Croatian Elvis! However, this Elvis was the real deal jazzwise taking his Strat down many jazzlined journeys. He did so also on a 32 bass accordian. Andrea Vicari - the only English player in the quartet (drums Bulgaria, Bass Holland) - proved to be a jazz piano player of the highest quality and her dexterity, invention and harmonic depth were beautiful. I feel if anyone was going to do justice to a painting it would be this band.
An enjoyable afternoon - Festival Bitter tasted good as did the chips at Harry Ramsden's (Sorry Jerry but I couldn't face walking up the hill to Beiderbecke's!
Lance.

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