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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, March 31, 2014

CD Review: Brother Strut - The First Strut is the Deepest

Stevie Jones (ten); Andrew Murray (pno); Steve Pearce (bs); Otha Smith (gtr); Melvin Duffy (gtr); Frankie Tontoh (dms) + vocals by: Sam Tanner; Megan Henwood; Mike Davies; Ben Lee and John James Newman.
(Review by Lance).
You go along to an Elkie Brooks gig and you're knocked out! I always am. You know the tunes off by heart, the on stage moves, everything. You love it. Then you get around to thinking about the band. What a band! What a sax player!
At the conclusion of Elkie's recent (February!) Sage Gateshead gig I encountered Stevie Jones at the top of the stairs attempting to flog his own CD. He looked like an injured serviceman selling poppies on Armistice Day. Most of the departing audience only had eyes for the stall selling Elkie Merchandise. I got a disc from Stevie of his own band, Brother Strut. I listened to the disc. This was no injured serviceman! it was a Sherman Tank, an Avocet Missile, a Bouncing Bomb!
Stevie Jones is one helluva tenor player. He blows like as though he were walkin' the bar in N'Orlins or makin' music for the best party you ever had. You want to have a ball? Elkie don't answer your call?
Just send for Brother Strut - they deliver!
Away from the rhetoric this is  a great dancy CD with funky solos and arrangements. The kind of music you might (I'm guessing) hear in present day Chicago, Detroit or New Orleans. It's bluesy, funky, rocky, soulful .
Blues and Soul Magazine gave it 10/10 and summed it up as "Bloody brilliant".
I ain't gonna argue
Lance.

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