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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.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Blaydon Races

The new season - new venue - of Blaydon Jazz Club commences this Thursday (April 16) at the Blaydon & District Club & Institute (CIU), Garden Street, Blaydon (Tel 0191-4142335) which is just next to the old place. Swinging Saxist, FRANK BROOKER is the guest with the JEREMY McMURRAY QUARTET (Jeremy, piano, Roly Veitch, guitar, Pete Stuart, bass and Bill Shield, drums.) Should be a great evening so start 'Gannin' Along The Scotswood Road' in time for an 8.30 pm count-in. Click here for an update on all things Blaydonic.
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The above quote from the 'National Anthem' coupled with the previous post brought to my mind a long gone, Blaydon jazz venue - "The Blaydon Races".
This was a pub, near Stella, if memory serves me right, that featured the Jimmy Miller Trio. Jimmy Miller, a bucolic Scotsman, was arguably as good a pianoman as there was in those days - the mid '60s - and with Ray Jobling on bass, the drummer's name escapes me (Roly's uncle?) they made a fine trio.
I have the feeling Dave Hedley may have sang with the trio - I recall a guy, who could have been Dave, giving out with a great version of "Tangerine". He was built like Jimmy Rushing and sang like Joe Williams. Although only a pub, it had a jazz club/night club ambiance not least because of the music and the, then, novel idea of Chicken in a Basket meals.
There was also a Sunday lunchtime session for awhile.
Lance.

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