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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).


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 Monday May 20



Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.



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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Jazz Café and Old Man Crombie Just keep Rolling (and Rocking) along

Peter Gilligan (pno); Mark Williams (gtr); Claire Kelly (vcl); Ray Burns (hca/acc); Paul Grainger (bs); Elaine Binney (vln).
The wintry weather continued and it wasn't surprising that the Jazz Café was low on customers and performers when I arrived. The archaic sounds of Ken Colyer filled the air. Keith Crombie explained that they had a visitor from New Orleans and he wanted to make them feel at home.
Peter and Mark eventually made the effort and the piano/guitar duo played some boppy variations on Straight No Chaser and Anthropology. Perhaps as a tribute to Dave Brubeck's 90th Peter managed to work Take Five into the number.
On Wave, Ray Burns - resplendant in a tweed suit topped by a deer-stalker hat - blew chromatic harp and sounded good.
Claire Kelly sang Sweet Georgia Brown in F# without a safety net and followed up with West Coast Blues.
Paul Grainger arrived in time for Solar and How Insensitive - which ended up in a Jimi Hendrix burn with Mark well and truly on fire - insensitive it most certainly was - a real blast furnace!
Elaine joined Claire for Satin Doll that had some doodly accordion from Ray and really nice violin work from Elaine.
Claire and Mark did a rather special version of I've Grown Accustomed to her Face that really hit the spot.
Sadly, I had to leave at this point - not for the Bridge as per but for the Metro. The current weather conditions making my bus connection uncertain.

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