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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.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

CD Review: Beverley Beirne and her Quartet - Seasons of Love.

Beverley Beirne (vcl); Mike Cox (ten); Graham Hearn (pno); Ian Mann or Adrian Knowles (bs);  Ronnie Bottomley (dms).
Beverley Beirne is the latest aspiring jazz diva to roll off the seemingly endless conveyor belt onto an already over-crowded stage. Where are all these girls going to find venues to hawk their wares? 
Ilkley based Ms Beirne manages to avoid being too stylised and the smoky, sultry, timbre of her voice, despite occasional lapses of intonation, is quite appealing, particularly the sense of ennui that The End of a Love Affair evokes - assisted by some supportive tenor from Cox 
You're Looking At Me - a spritely, albeit self-deprecating, lyric from Bobby Troup - also works well. In fact, one of the album's strengths lies in the choice of material which avoids the hackneyed.
Welcome aboard Beverley - we'll just have to get a bigger stage! God knows what we'll do if the guys rush into jazz singing as enthusiastically as you gals!
Away from the vocals, the tenor and piano solos are delights in themselves and bass and drums keep the faith
Sound samples.
Lance.

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