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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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Mark Toomey Quartet @ Dormans Jazz Festival, Middlesbrough - April 4

Mark Toomey (alto sax); Jeremy McMurray (piano); Pete Ayton (bass ); and Paul Smith (drums).
(Review by Ron H)

The Dormans Jazz Festival got off to a flying start with this highly accomplished band paying tribute to Charlie Parker and leader Mark demonstrating his in-depth familiarity of the repertoire.

The bebop standard Au Privave was an excellent opener, then, by way of contrast, All The Things You Are. Beautifully melodic in keeping with the original. This was a very tight quartet with outstanding solos from sax, piano and bass.


Continuing in the Bird-like vein we had the Latin flavoured My Little Suede Shoes, the classic Just Friends and then the lovely ballad This Is Always, once recorded by vocalist Earl Coleman with the Parker Quartet that included Erroll Garner on piano. No vocalist here but fine piano by Jeremy.

The first set finished with Ray Noble’s Cherokee. Brought out of the dance band setting by Parker, tonight’s version clearly demonstrated the ability of these four musicians to play this up-tempo piece so well with impressive solos all round.

A favourite of mine, Ornithology, started the second session in style, followed by Out of Nowhere and Parker’s Mood. The lovely Star Eyes preceded the finishing number Wee played fast and furious with a terrific drum solo by Paul.

Such was the enthusiasm from the audience that an encore was demanded and this was the beautifully played On a Slow Boat to China.

An excellent start to the festival by a top class quartet comprising some of the best Teesside based jazz musicians and well supported by a large and appreciative audience, with thanks going to Dormans Club for their generous support of the local jazz scene.

Ron H.

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