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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.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Classic Swing @ the Block & Tackle, Ashington - December 3

Bob Wade (trumpet/flugelhorn): Jim McBriarty (tenor sax/clarinet/vocals); Don Fairley (trombone); Colin Haikney (piano); Alan Rudd (bass); Ian Hetherington (drums); Olive Rudd (vocals) + Gordon Solomon (trombone).
(Review by Lance).

After a long and tedious X22 bus journey Jim McBriarty seemed to be commiserating with travellers when he sang Sent For You Yesterday (and here you come today). 

Fortunately, despite the devious route, it was all worthwhile. Ashington Jazz Club's new venue looks good and the room was packed, all enjoying the music and the free buffet. Whether the buffet is a one-off or a regular feature, only time will tell. What's for sure is that if you like your music north of Bourbon St. and south of 52nd St. then this isn't a bad place to be.

The band live up to their name of Classic Swing - they could have the dead lindy-hopping in their graves.
(Photos below courtesy of Russell)
Tried and tested material - if it ain't broke don't fix it - that somehow still sound as fresh as tomorrow. One number I hadn't heard them do previously was the closing Trombone Cholly featuring Olive and Gordon. Keep it in the book!

When Bob Wade announced It's a Wonderful World I thought great! The perfect number for Olive. Alas, it turned out to be What a Wonderful World - maybe next time.

Bye Bye Blackbird had the two trombones in Jay & Kai mode, something they also did on Caravan to great effect. The Juan Tizol tune also had some blistering trumpet from Bob Wade and the inevitable drum solo - this time from the impressive Ian Hetherington.

Jim McBriarty took to the mic again for Rockin' Chair, a number I'm sure some of the senior members in the audience could relate to, as well as hitting us with some gutsy tenor and nimble clarinet during the course of the afternoon.

Colin Haikney made the most of his few solos whilst Alan Rudd was, as usual, his solid, dependable self.

It may be out in the sticks but it's well worth the effort. Entry is free although the optional raffle isn't. Real Ale came in the form of Lancaster Bomber. Reasonably priced in today's economic climate at £2.90.
Back on January 7.
Lance 

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