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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, October 14, 2014

CD Review: Gypsies of Bohemia - GYP POP

Matthew Whitaker (vcl/rhythm gtr.); Jim Wallace (ld gtr); Frank Grime (bs); Sam Draper (dms); Andy Stamatakis-Brown (piano).
(Review by Lance).
If you heard the Gypsies of Bohemia at the Jazz Café on Saturday night you've probably already bought this CD although it must be said that, unlike so many bands, they didn't ram the merchandise down your throat. Nothing more off-putting! The gig was great and so is the CD.

One of the most appealing aspects of  the Bohemians is their ability to take tunes I might otherwise have dismissed out of hand (purist that I am!), such as Blondie's Heart of Glass, and shape it into their inimitable style. But, not only that, it also enables me to view the originals with a less jaundiced eye - Damascus here I come!
However, the core of the music - irrespective of the source - is very mucho manouche with the Maccas thrashing away ably supported by piano bass and drums. All five are musicians to reckon with.
If I must choose a fave track, by narrowest of margins, it's what they do to Britney! It's Toxic! The cool laid back take, the tempo changes, I hope the guys won't think I'm underselling it by merely describing it as wonderful! 'cos that's what it is - and so is the album
So, if you procrastinated on buying the album or going to the gig, put it on your Xmas list. Nah put it on your Guy Fawkes list. Nah put it on your Halloween list. Tell you what - put it on your today list and walk around ASDA with a smile knowing these other people are spending their bread on Bread!
Go to the check out.
Lance.

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