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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, March 14, 2015

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Black Horse, Monkseaton. March 13

 Maureen Hall (vocals), Gavin Lee (soprano saxophone), Don Fairley (trombone), Roy Gibson (keyboards), Jim McKeown (drums) + Chris Hodgkins (trumpet), Teresa Armstrong (vocals) & Joan Armstrong (vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Vocalist Maureen Hall has maintained a Friday lunchtime session for several years down at the coast. The Black Horse in Monkseaton (currently to let to an enterprising publican) is one of those venues where the management let the musicians get on with it.
Hall has an enviable frontline working with her; veteran trombonist Don Fairley and Shotton Colliery reeds’ virtuoso Gavin Lee. As ever, one or two sitters-in were hoping to get the call and a national ‘name’ from the jazz world turned up looking to have a blow. Rendezvous Jazz’ Dixie-plus repertoire entertained the regulars and the pool sharks in the adjoining bar didn’t seem to mind the background music as they knocked the ball around the table. When You and I Were Young, Maggie kicked-off and Hall sang Ace in the Hole with the all-seated frontline. Come to think about it, the whole band adopted a sedentary  position as is the tradition at Preservation Hall (Maureen Hall has had the great honour of singing at the tourists’ home of N’Awlins jazz). Black and Blue was just so, followed by a bout of hilarity as Blue Skies was announced as ‘tempting providence’ with the hard-of- hearing Roy Gibson thinking the ‘provi’ was being discussed!
Drummer Jim McKeown brushed effectively on There Will Never Be Another You and a favourite of Hall’s – Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans – found favour with the audience. Second set (raffle prizes proved elusive), bandleader Hall welcomed trumpeter Chris Hodgkins to the stand (carpet) to play a few tunes. The former supremo of Jazz Services proved his worth on Struttin’ With Some Barbecue  
Russell.                                                                                                      

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