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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, July 20, 2013

Early Morning Americana @ Sage Gateshead. July 20

(Review by Russell)
Saturday morning brought the massed ranks of the Suumertyne Gospel Choir to the concourse at Sage Gateshead led by Sharon Durant for a Gospel Brunch meeting with first time visitors to the UK, the fabulous McCrary Sisters. Four sisters, Ann, Deborah, Regina and Alfreda, the daughters of the late Rev Samuel McCrary, backed by an ace band (keyboards, guitar, bass and drums), gave a stunning display of gospel singing to a huge crowd hanging on their every word. Café, bars, stairs, balconies, every vantage point was taken. The McCrarys set about lifting us up. Rise up! Jesus is in the house! There’s a train a comin’. You get the picture. Lots of clapping (mostly in time), swaying (some wobbling) and much applause. The McCrary Sisters will be back, no doubt about it.
The Jumpin’ Hot outdoor stage got under way at noon. The place was packed. Deck chairs, picnic hampers, bottles of wine, bottles of beer. The King Bees from Tyneside, a young five piece band, are odds on to win Bebop Spoken Here’s Best Dressed at Americana Award. Immaculately turned out – suits, haircuts, a waistcoat or two, braces. The good news…these lads could play. Front man Scott Taylor (harmonica and vocals) looked the part. So much so he could have been behind the wheel of the gleaming ’56 Buick Special on show across the way with other vintage automobiles…Every woman I know, crazy ‘bout an automobile…Taylor’s frontline partner, guitarist Michael Littlefield, played it authentic blues-style and the piano, bass (double bass!) and drums boys snapped to it – namely Dominic Hornsby, Paul Emmett and Aidan Spink. The King Bees reached out across the Atlantic to their heroes in Chicago, Illinois and beyond. Little Walter (any self-respecting harp player goes to school on the man), Sonny Boy Williamson I, all classic stuff. Junior Wells’s take on Sonny Boy’s Early in the Morning typified the Tyneside lads’ approach. A band well worth checking out. The Summertyne Americana Festival continues, inside and out, at Sage Gateshead throughout the weekend.                 
Russell.     

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