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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, November 29, 2014

CD Review: Jennie Marie Hammond & The Quiet Band - Lullabies & Dreams..

Jennie Marie Hammond (vcl); Mark Chandler (tpt/flug); Mike Hope (ten); Sean Miller (pno); Richard Hammond (bs); Dom Sales (dms/perc).
(Review by Lance).
A delicate, fey, offering that is totally laid back in the best traditions of Astrud and Blossom.
"I wanted to make a jazz album that could lull my baby girl to sleep." So states drummer, bandleader and founder of the Jellymould Jazz record label, Dom Sales.

An unusual conception that could backfire and put the parents and the kids to sleep! More likely, it will send the adults to put some older, other people's, 'babies' to bed but not necessarily to sleep! It's that kind of disc - a natural follow on to a genre that perhaps began with In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning! It's cool, smoky, sultry, the kind of disc tailor-made for the reflecting, inner soul-searching that comes at the end of an evening that may have been very satisfying or - very frustrating! A nightcap, a fridge raid or maybe a phone call you will regret come the dawn. It's that kind of disc and I love it!
Jennie Marie, says Mike Hope, the Getzian tenor player on the album, is one of the most underrated singers on the planet. Well, whilst that is hardly an underpopulated area of Earth, it is one where Ms Hammond justifiably belongs.
The voice is the one you want to hear late night. The tenor is as cool as the iciest cuba libre, the flugel the plaintive cry in the night, piano bass and drums the reassurance you need at times like this - and the tunes!
Just look at the menu!
Corcavado, When You Wish Upon a Star, Sleeping Bee, Hushabye Mountain, It's Only a Peper Moon, Moonlight in Vermont, Wave, Lullabies & Dreams (original), Stardust, Alice in Wionderland, I See the Moon (honestly!) & White Christmas!
This goes on the car stereo tomorrow - so, if I offer you a lift, beware, I will not hold myself responsible for your actions!
Good job the kids are sound asleep!
Jennie Marie Hammond & The Quiet Band - Lullabies & Dreams is released on December 8 on Jellymouldjazz..
Lance.

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