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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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

GIJF: Day Three - Davina & the Vagabonds

Davina Sowers (vcl/pno/uke); Dan Eikmeier (tpt/vcl); Ben Link (tmb/vcl); Greg Beyers (bs); Connor McRae Hammergren (dms).
(Review by Lance).
After the afternoon concert by The Cookers I thought nothing could match that session.
I was wrong!
Enter Davina and her Vagabonds.
Tiers two and three were full and the audience seated. However, at sea level it was standing room only to make space for those inclined to dance of which there were many.
The dress code was Retro so I blended in without trying - my old demob suit never lets me down on these occasions.
I'd never heard this band prior to tonight although I'd heard glowing reports of their sensational appearance at last year's Summertyne Americana Festival so it was with eager anticipation that I listened to Sage Gateshead's Performance Program Director Ros Rigby say she wanted this year's festival to end with a party.
The lady got her wish!
I Found a New Baby lit the blue touchpaper and we were off! Trumpet flying big round tone. He sings, Davina sings, plays piano, drums pound, bass slaps and trombone slides. I'm convinced I've gone to heaven and this is only the first number! Black Cloud - trombone featured - Bourbon St. Parade, trumpet quite amazing, Ain't That a Shame with barrelhouse piano and vocal from Davina
Drummer takes the vocal on Louisiana Fairy Tale, everyone sings on Shake That Thing and every one in the audience shakes a thing or two. Davina leaves the piano and strums a ukelele.
After a funereal start to St. James Infirmary it gets cranked up to the fastest ever version of that mournful song.
And so it went on, jazz and soul and rock 'n roll - and a lot more besides including the Lovin' Spoonful's What a Day for a Daydream. The memories that song brings back for me - the saying goes that if you can remember the sixties you weren't there! well I remembered it well enough to whistle along at the end. A classic re-immortalized!.
You wanted a party Ros? You certainly got one!
You want more?
Well tune into Jools Holland tomorrow night (April 14) on BBC2 at 10pm and Friday at 11.35 pm.
Lance.

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