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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, January 16, 2013

CD Review: Pamela York - Lay Down This World: Hymns and Spirituals.

Pamela York (pno); Lynn Seaton (bs); Sebastian Whittaker (dms); Andre Hayward (tmb on 2 tracks).
(Review by Lance)
A delightful vignette that shows Ms York to be a talented and tasteful pianist - also a spiritual one. The eleven tracks all have sacred, often familiar, themes yet there is nothing sacrilegious about the performance. The lady treats the tunes with respect adding her improvisations in a delicate yet meaningful way.

Tracks: A Mighty Fortress is Our God, I Know That My Redeemer Lives - Glory, Be Thou My Vision (better known to us as The Ash Grove), He Leadeth Me, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Were You There?, I Want Jesus to Walk With Me, My Hope is Built on Nothing Less. Ain't-a that good News?, Deep River, Soon I Will Be Done. 
As well as Pamela York, bass and drums are superb throughout. Seaton solid and dependable, Whittaker giving it a sanctified boot when needed. Divine inspiration or musical savvy? 
Just a Closer Walk and Soon I Will Be Done are features for trombonist Hayward who is possibly a modern disciple of JC - Higginbottom that is.
I like this disc - in fact I like it very much. Perhaps it's the aftermath of yesterday's funeral but it's the perfect disc to bring me back to the real world.
Pamela, I'd dig your church any time if you were putting down stuff like this.
Bloggers, I don't care what your religious persuasion is or if you're a born again atheist - this is a rather beautiful disc.
Pamela York - Lay Down This World: Hymns and Spirituals is now available on the Jazzful Heart label.
Lance.

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