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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 Two: The Jazz Co-op Stand and other Matters

Today it was my turn to serve on the Jazz Co-op stand for a couple of hours, an activity which allows you to hear the Concourse music, people watch, chat to all sorts and conditions of men (and women), besides of course drumming up support for the Jazz Co-op gigs. (And folks, remember, you’ll get tax relief if you invest in the Co-op).  Anyway, talking of chatting to women, Joan Parker and I met Marianne, a music student from Tynemouth who is studying in Edinburgh, and we had an in depth discussion about women’s singing and the differences in singing classically, pop music and jazz singing.  This is why I love doing stands, you never know what you’ll get to talk about.
The varied range of Concourse music continued delightfully with You and The Night and The Music from The Ruth Lambert Trio, followed by other jazz standards. The Mark Cray Band had an exciting sound of saxes, trumpets, tuba, trombone, and of course drums, with Latin rhythms, repeated riffs.  Then came Alex Saxon and Jack Forster on guitar and flute, the latter reminding me a bit of Jethro Tull of yesteryear.  Their tunes included Moondance and Mr Bojangles.
I’d heard of King Bee but this was the first time I’d actually seen them, not to be the last, I say.  Vibes, two guitars, horns, flute drums, another exciting sound, funky fusion, insistent riffs and even songs.  What’s not to like on the Concourse, never mind the gigs in the Sage Halls?
Ann Alex

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