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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.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Paul Gowland & Peter Gilligan @ The Jazz Café. Oct. 4

Paul Gowland (ten/alt); Peter Gilligan (pno).
(Review by Lance).
The duo format is one of the most intriguing forms of music - it can ultimately be a disaster or a triumph. Without the cushion of a rhythm section to steady the ship, the players have to be on their metal to ensure they don't drift too far apart. In the duo situation they're both in the front line - no horn/drummer/piano fours to pad things out, only the challenge of stimulating each other and converting two halves into a whole.
I'm pleased to say that tonight the PeeGees accomplished that task with much aplomb (and applause!)
The promise had been for unique takes on the known and the not so well known and it has to be said they certainly did that. Most of the tunes were vaguely familiar but I was unable to immediately tag them. It didn't matter, as Will S once wrote, "What's in a name?"
Well those names I didn't identify certainly smelled as sweet as those I did recognise which, for the record, were. Herbie Hancock's And What if I Don't?, Chucho (as in Valdes), In a Sentimental Mood, Take 5, Bob Mintzer's Papa Lips, Michael Brecker's Midnight Voyage, a number I reckoned was a Strayhorn piece that turned out to be I Beg Your Pardon by Tom Waits! SpainHow Long Has This Been Going On? - not long enough responded the crowd who demanded more and got it!
Both players were on top form. Gilligan had the steam piano firing on all cylinders whilst Gowland took both horns up into the altissimo register to the delight of any passing canines - and there were a few "dogs" outside in Pink Lane tonight.
A couple of refugees from The Globe arrived late on - too much dancing they said. Paradoxically, another Globule, whom I met on the Metro platform on the way home, was waxing eloquently about the dancing!
Lance.

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