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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.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Djangologie @ The Sage. October 18

James Birkett (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar), Emma Fisk (violin) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
 The Sage Gateshead’s intimate four hundred capacity Hall Two hosted the opening concert of this year’s International Guitar Festival. Hot Club specialists Djangologie could not have wished for a better platform on which to launch their new CD. Djangologists, students of the guitar and other discerning concert goers heard classic   material and a few numbers in the idiom composed by bassist Mick Shoulder.
 Coquette, Belleville and Nuages won deserved applause. The latter tune, heard so many times, yet on this take, Emma Fisk, virtuoso that she is, gave a stunning performance eliciting a rapturous reception. Djangologist and bass player Mick Shoulder remarked that it brought a tear to the eye.
Quite. 
Shoulder’s writing skills are such that his own material - Django’s Stomp (Django being a one time canine companion of Shoulder) and The Sinister Drag (a second set highlight) - stands fair comparison with the more familiar. 
The first set at an end, the applause had to be heard to be believed. Master guitarist James Birkett brought the house down on Oh, Lady be Good and The Sheik of Araby (always good fun) featured the quartet in whirling dervish mode (Birkett and Fisk could not play any faster if their lives depended upon it). Amazing! Rhythm guitarist Giles Strong is, I guess, a musician’s musician. Unsung but indispensable and pretty darn good at what he does (first name on the team sheet, if you will). Many tunes, countless highlights and lots of CDs - The New Leaf - sold at the end of the night. Perfect.
Russell                     

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