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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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ray Stubbs R & B All-stars @ Central Bar. October 27

Ray Stubbs (harmonica, guitar & vocals), John Hedley (guitar), Mike Waller (keyboards), Max Whitehouse (bass & vocals) & Brian Ferry (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The Central Bar, Gateshead, 1:30 pm. Sunderland versus Newcastle United on satellite television. A rare sighting of cask Double Maxim on the bar, pint ordered, keenly aware of the delicious irony of a Wearside beer being available on Tyneside on this of all days. Howay the Lads! Toon! Toon!
Approaching 3:30 pm the optimistic mood had changed to one of despair, recrimination, sack whoever came to mind. The Mackems had taken the honours, bragging rights secured until the next time. One or two more pints and the pain lessened.
Upstairs, Gateshead’s Godfather of the Blues, Ray Stubbs, had rounded up his All-stars ready to play some blues. Fans were thin on the ground as the band rattled through a classic set - Howlin’ Wolf (lots of the Wolf), Junior Wells, Sleepy John Estes, Albert King, Muddy Waters. Stubbs led from the front, in cracking form - harp and vocals (second set some National Steel work alongside kingpin John Hedley). Bassist Max Whitehouse cruised, Brian Ferry thundered out of the traps and Mike Waller knocked out consistently bluesy solos. Hoochie Coochie Man, Born Under a Bad Sign, Jesus Left Chicago, all with Stubbs’ characteristic raw vocal delivery and killer South Side harp. Football forgotten (almost), this was just what the blues doctor ordered. I’ll have another pint of Double Maxim, please.        
Russell     

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