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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).


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



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).


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.


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.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sustaining the Pedal @ The Jazz Café or just another manic Sunday.

On the back wall Frank and Ella were duetting on The Lady is a Tramp. In front of the screen sax player Doug was accompanying - on drums!
Pete had lost - or it had been stolen - his sustain pedal.
Keith told of his war with Newcastle Library.
A sustain pedal was found but it didn't work.
"The polarity needs reversing" said Pete, "Do you have a soldering iron?" he asked Keith.
"No - it got stolen!" replied mein genial host.
There was much discussion on how to successfully reverse the polarity without a soldering iron.
"My aluminium washing up bowl also got stolen" added Keith.
I checked to see my wallet was still there.
Eventually the polarity was reversed but the pedal still refused to sustain.
Enter a customer. "I'm an electronics engineer he announced - I build robots."
Ah! A man who builds robots could surely heal an ailing sustain pedal!
Alas this was no ordinary sustain pedal and the Robotic Engineer failed.
In came a former Sony Sound Engineer. A man noted for his consumption of Bud.
He too proved unequal to the task and retired to be consoled in the arms of Bacchus.
The Robot maker played some classical pieces without sustain and I left for The Bridge.
For all I know 'the experts. are still working on the pedal.

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