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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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ The Millstone Feb.26.

(Review by Lance).
When you've heard a band so many times the problem you are presented with is what can you say that you haven't already said before? 
The answer is found in the equation w + x + y = n².
w = enthusiasm, x = superb arrangements, y = brilliant soloists, n = Basie (and the rest) squared!
Not that this is a mathematically regimentated band - far from it! They're tight when it needs to be tight and loose when fluidity calls.
My colleague Russell thought the piece about somebody having his toenail removed was fantastic - Black Nail?
This was an occasion where Russell and I disagreed - personally I'd have preferred to have had my toenail removed.
Having said that, the dissonance did have a certain left of centre appeal - imagine Kenton's Neophonic Orchestra playing Peanut Vendor and all the musicians suffering from a peanut allergy.
Away from that moment the band dug deep and, despite the deps - or maybe because of them - it swung.
Vocals from Lindsay and James, solos from the big hitters plus contributions from Jamie and Dave (big hitters in their own right) made this the best, last Thursday in the month for free, gig in town!
Lance.
Michael Lamb (tpt/md); Dave Holman, Dick Stacey, Ben Chinery (tpt); Keiran Parnaby, Mark Ferris, Tom Dowling, Robert Perry (tmb); Keith Robinson, Dave Kerridge (alt); Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Graham Don (pno); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Michael Went (bs); Guy Swinton (dms/compere); Lindsay Hannon, James Hedley (vcls).

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