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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.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Rare Croker @ Summertyne Americana. July 21

(Review by Russell)
We don’t see much of Brendan Croker on Tyneside these days. This solo outing on the Jumpin’ Hot’s Americana stage was an all too rare appearance.  Sage Gateshead bustled  with seemingly half of Tyneside on site. Stetsons, the ten gallon variety, sold at a fiver a time. I’ve heard of ‘disposable income’ but really! Cowgals in cowboy boots, wannabee cowboys in sandals. Yes, Geordie Cowboy dresses to impress! Face-painted offspring, running around, having a wonderful time, the ‘little darlings’.

Concentration at a premium, the man from Yorkshire, Brendan Croker, took to the stage. A short set drew upon diverse material; Miss Otis Regrets, a couple of Jesse Fuller numbers (Croker said they had lived with him for a long time), an original tune or two and a bizarre highlight – The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (sans Laurel and Hardy dance routine)! Next time, next time…hear Croker close-up in a small club, the chances are the Stetsons will be absent.
Wandering home past the Bridge Hotel Tilly Billy was in final rehearsal for tonight’s drum fest. Drum heads should be out in force. Alternatives can be had at Blaydon Jazz Club (Keith Stephen’s Hot Club Trio) or take in more Americana at Sage Gateshead.    

Russell.

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