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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.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Preview: Pepperland @ Newcastle Theatre Royal - April 26 & 27

(Preview by Russell)

American choreographer Mark Morris brings his acclaimed Dance Group to Newcastle this weekend. For two nights only - Friday and Saturday - the NYC-based company will perform Pepperland at the Theatre Royal and, what's more, there is a jazz connection of sorts which should be of interest to BSH readers.

Pepperland was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic Beatles' album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band receiving its premiere performance in - where else? - Liverpool in May 2017. Since then Morris' work has garnered five star reviews and this Tyneside two-nighter is the final opportunity for a British dance audience to catch it before the company stops-off in Dublin on its way home to Brooklyn to prepare for a coast-to-coast American tour.

The jazz aspect? Well, the name Ethan Iverson will be familiar to fans of the jazz trio format. The Bad Plus forged a path for contemporary (piano) trios and, after many years, pianist Iverson quit the hugely popular trio to pursue other projects. One such was to write original material and re-score several Beatles' numbers including A Day in the LifeWhen I'm Sixty-Four and Penny Lane for Pepperland. At the Theatre Royal Iverson will be directing a seven-piece NYC ensemble which includes one or two familiar 'jazz names' including DownBeat poll winner Sam Newsome (soprano sax). The instrumentation includes the theremin (Rob Schwimmer) alongside more conventional jazz instruments - piano, trombone, percussion and Clinton Curtis' vocals.

Tickets for Pepperland are selling fast. To book your seat(s) call the Theatre Royal box office on 08448 112121. The two performances - Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm - will be of one hour and fifteen minutes duration (approx) without an interval.     
Russell 

1 comment :

Steve T said...

Do hope there's still some left for me.

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