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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.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mark Williams Trio @ The Bridge. October 28

Mark Williams (guitar), Andy Champion (electric bass) & Richard Brown (drums)
Guitarist Mark Williams played at the Splinter summer season finale. On that occasion he opened his set with a solo guitar piece of which Joe Pass or Martin Taylor would have been proud. This latest outing began with the Irishman digging the blues. Two bars in and it hit home…1980s Jimmy Witherspoon at the Corner House – Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You? Had Williams been on the gig back then Spoon would surely have said: Give the man a hand! A magical start to the evening. Williams called to the stand regular drummer Richard Brown and depping bassist Andy Champion. The trio had a blast. Familiar tunes, a new tune ‘written this morning’ according to Williams, cranked-up numbers, a ballad, a waltz (Weird Waltz), a blues (Booze Blues). Funk, swing, Michael Brecker, Scofield, a McLaughlin chord, Champion’s five string walking bass lines, Champion’s chops-busting solos, Brown’s spot-on drumming – the gig chalked up five stars. ‘Play some blues’ exclaimed a voice three sheets to the wind. Williams played Filth – a filthy blues. One way or another that is what Williams played all night long. Williams took the time to announce next week’s gig – ACV. He said he may well turn up. I hope he does…he’s in the band! The set drew to a close with the monster Minor Detail. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Russell               

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