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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.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Paul Edis Sextet @ The Bridge. Sunday 20th February

Paul Edis (keyboards), Mick Shoulder (double bass), Adam Sinclair (drums), Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn) & Chris Hibbard (trombone). The opening bars of Put a Lid On It were pure TS Monk.
This was going to be one of those nights.
Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise (arr.M.Shoulder) featured mature solos from Graeme Wilson and bassist (and arranger) Mick Shoulder. Folk Tune and Sharp 9/8 highlighted the front line's beautiful harmonic interplay (of brass band standard and that's a compliment). A Paul Edis composition - Administrate This - had a shuffle quality similar to R.Veitch's Job Shufflebottom with trumpeter Graham Hardy blowing the roof off leaving 'bone man Chris Hibbard to repair the damage.
Band leader Edis took the honours on Dorian Gray and was that possibly a fleeting reference in the coda to A Love Supreme? A favourite composer of Edis is Donald Brown so Being With You was given an outing as was Bud Powell's Un Poco Loco (arr.G.Wilson). An ambitious suite, nominally titled Three Piece Suite, from the pen of Edis, was given its premiere at Splinter @ The Bridge last year. A year on and we heard part three of the work now known as Elegy. Edis said it has an elegiac quality. Quite so, with excellent flugel from Hardy.
The last number of the night was another Edis tune - Blues For Dad - full of bop phrases, solos from Edis, Wilson, a round of fours with the highly inventive Adam Sinclair and Hardy on trumpet seeing it home. Cue vociferous applause Encore won, we got Graham Wilson's Up Late. This was a great jazz gig; great writing, great playing, great band.

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