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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 Tuesday May 21



Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.


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.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Redemption Jazz @ Hoochie Coochie - Hallelujah!

John Hall (ten); Jim Hall (keys); Keith Tulip (bs); Martin Wake (dms).
It's nice when you're travelling home from a gig and pondering on what to write only to find that someone has near enough done it for you!
I refer to Bob Porteous who'd posted a comment on the preview to this gig before my Metro train had even reached Gateshead Stadium - Steve Cram couldn't have done it faster!
Bob wrote: 
Hi BSH Just thought that I should say that Redemption at the Hoochie Coochie were absolutely excellent tonight. Great Coltrane and superb Corea - in particular Chameleon and a spellbinding multi tempo version of God Bless the Child. Great musicians - More please! Haven't enjoyed myself so much at a gig in Newcastle since medieval times in the New Orleans Jazz Club at Forth Banks. I would recommend anyone interested in BSH to go see them! 

Well Bob that sums up my feelings too and it just skims the surface. John Hall is a great tenor player - what a waste all those years building Metro Centres and buying and selling football teams - or was that his dad?
To digress, I remember, from my days in Windows Music Shop, the Sir John Hall did have a nephew who played tenor...  I bet he never played it like you did tonight!
Not that this was a one man show John's brother Jim (not the guitarist) played powerhouse piano and Keith on bass, whether six string or Fender Jazz (Precision?), kept it all together. Martin on drums swung it all along without going over the top.
The overall feel was Latin Funk but there was lots of hardbop in there too - Manteca, Dexter's Montmartre, Coltrane's Blue Train.
It's only the second week in January and it probably won't be my Gig of the Year but, at this moment in time it's the one they've all got to catch! And you can catch them at the Splinter @ The Bridge session on March 4 (According to the band's website, not according to Splinter's who list James Mainwaring? - clarification please.)

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