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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, October 01, 2010

RUTH LAMBERT – ‘POPULAR, CLASSY AND DISTINCTIVE JAZZ VOCALIST’

In between came Embraceable You (with a lively trombone solo); the amusing My Heart Belongs to Daddy (wonderful Cole Porter rhymes such as caddy, paddy and Finnan Haddie); and a heartfelt Over the Rainbow with the introductory verse, which is not so often heard.
In the second half Ruth treated us to Come Rain or Come Shine; Night and Day; a very bluesy slinky Summertime; and I Get a Kick out of You.
The ‘classy’ part of the show was not just the singing, but the superb outfits to die for that Ruth wore, black dress, cream shoes and glittering coloured necklace in the first half, and a slinky grey sequinned dress with coloured neckline and cuffs for the second half. So Ruth deserved her bouquet in pink paper that she received just before the encore.
And of course this was a lesson in how to do it properly for all trainee jazz singers, in other words, smile a lot and communicate with the audience, and during instrumentals, make eye contact with the player to show that you are enjoying it. That’s what we’ve been learning this week at the Sage class, and Ruth illustrated this perfectly.
We are so lucky to have such superb singers on our local doorsteps, so to speak, so I look forward to my next lesson which will be with Zoe Gilby at the Newcastle Bridge Hotel on Sunday October 24th.
Ann Alex.

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