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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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

When You've Gotta Go You've Gotta Go Man Go!

Most of the great composers have a Funeral March or two on their CV (and of course a Wedding March - after a few years the two are usually interchangeable), some even have a Requiem Mass, so, bidding farewell to a loved one with music is a time honoured tradition. The Irish wake is just such an occasion where the departed is sent on his/her way with Guinness inspired versions of Danny Boy, Galway Bay and the Isle of Innisfree.
Jazz, of course, is not without its own funereal music going way back to the early days in New Orleans when Oh Didn't He Ramble, The Saints and maybe Saint James' Infirmary were the favourites.
Even today, in Newcastle, we still have New Orleans style funerals which makes me beg the question - do they have Newcastle style funerals in New Orleans?
If they do it may take the form of just such a celebration as I wandered into today in a place not a 1000 miles from Newcastle.
It was late afternoon and I felt the need for a little light refreshment (Greene King's IPA - 5.4%) so I called into one of our local watering holes.
The bar was crowded and, above the noise, I heard one of my (was) favourite songs - A Portrait of my Love. However, this wasn't Matt Monro - no sirree! It was a funeral "party" and they'd put on a Karaoke.
It seems as though every wannabee Jim Reeves, Elvis, Bobby Darin (Things, like a walk in the park), Neil Diamond (Sweet Caroline) were at the funeral. The only one missing was Dolly Parton (unfortunately!)
After I'd recovered from the shock horror of it all it occurred to me that there was no better way to go! Family and friends were having a ball and it brought back to me how it is possible to get something out of the saddest day - Crombie's funeral being the perfect example.
I helped myself to a sausage roll but left before the Bingo (joke).
I don't know who the deceased was but I'm sure his journey across the Great Divide was made easier by the grand send off.
Lance.
(For the record, when my chips are cashed in,  I'd like to "hear" Art Pepper's recording of 'Round Midnight - third shelf down on the LP fixture - and any Sinatra ballad - except My Way -  plus a few tunes from the Jazz Café regulars!)

1 comment :

Jo Edis (on F/b) said...

Last funeral we attended it was Paul Edis's version of playing "Bring me sunshine' to come into followed by Ghost Riders in the sky. Without a doubt it was the 'happiest' funeral - everyone in BBQ wear! We celebrated life and laughter and love it was great!

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