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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

Sage Summertyne Americana Festival 2013; Fri July 19 to Sun July 21

The Mavericks Hall 1 Friday July 19
Raul Malo (lead vocals, guitar) Eddie Perez (guitar) Jerry Dale McFadden (keys)  Paul Deakin (drums);Other instruments are guitars, trumpet, sax, accordion, bass, and various percussion.  Sorry, didn't catch the names of the musicians.
(Review by Ann Alex)
Not a jazz band, but music influenced by country, 1950’s pop, Tex-Mex, Latin and Cajun.  Three tiers of Hall 1 were full of very enthusiastic fans of all ages who lapped it up, clapped along and stood to move around to the music.  The band was very rousingly led by Malo.  The keyboards player was ultra extravert, dancing as he played and jumping about.  The bass player stood out because of his mode of dress, all in black except for a golden cross, and white jacket and top hat.   
This band had a big hit with Dance The Night Away, which readers must surely have heard on the radio.  Tonight they were playing mainly songs from their latest album In Time.  Numbers included Born To Be Blue; You Don’t Have To Love Me, Just Pretend; Mr Lonely; Dance In The Moonlight. Not sure if all these titles are correct, but you get the idea, mostly love songs.  The first encore was just Malo with guitar, doing a moving version of Here Comes The Sun, then the band returned with generous further encores because of audience demand, so they continued with numbers such as Guantenamera and Twist And Shout, BSH left at this point, so for all I know, they could be playing yet to an appreciative audience!      
The Reception
Earlier, we were treat to a press reception with a difference.  Instead of nibbles of vol au vents, salmon and sausages on sticks, we were offered genuine Americana food – jambalaya and corn bread, as mentioned in the songs.  Jambalaya is rather like a spicy chicken risotto and the corn bread had pieces of sweetcorn, a delicious flavour.  Yummy!
After s short introduction from Ros Rigby, up stepped Raul Malo of The Mavericks with his guitar, playing a spirited rendition of Blue Bayou.  And not one singer but two, as we also had a Johnny Cash song from Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers).  There is a free exhibition of Langford’s paintings in the Sage this weekend, well worth seeing.  The paintings are of American music giants such as Hank Williams, and are for sale.
Free Outdoor Stage.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch - or rather the Free Outdoor Stage - more cooking with Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Big Red and the Grinners and a number of country bands. 
Oh, and of course, Matthew E. White and the McCrary Sisters were over in Hall 2 - like at the International Jazz Festival there is just so so much going on.
Ann Alex.

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