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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.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

RIP Chico Hamilton

Some jazz deaths hit you harder than others and the knowledge that Chico Hamilton died yesterday (Nov. 25) floored me even though he was 92 which is an age few drummers seem to reach.
I don't think I ever heard him live but it was his elegant brush work on the first Gerry Mulligan Quartet recordings that attracted me to him. This was in an age when Krupa, Rich, and the emerging Art Blakey were combining volume with showmanship and selling excitement by the dollar.
Hamilton was the complete opposite, tasteful, subtle, living proof that the rapier can be more effective than the cutlass or the claymore.
His career moved in many directions after Mulligan - his own groups, writing, teaching... 
Chico Hamilton - one of the all-time greats.
Sadly missed.
Obituary.
Lance.

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