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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.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Havana Club 5 - April 18

Alan Law (keys); Antonio Morerro (vocals, shakers); Darren Millett (guitar) Paul Grainger (bass);
Carlos Rivera (hand drums, snares); Paco Rivera (hand drums, percussion)
(Review by Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Debra).
If you’re up for a good time, partying, dancing, this band is definitely the band for you. I enjoyed hearing them so much that I’m thinking of taking up cigar-smoking, to make the image complete!  They started as they meant to go on, with a long vamp of South American sounds, piano and guitar riffs, drums, cymbals, bird whistles, shouts, snatches of song in Spanish/Portuguese (?), the singer encouraging us to join in, ‘Party, party, si senor’, all climaxing in a general mash-up. Many bands would have opted for something quiet after all that excitement, but no, we had more lively sounds, then the flowing piano comes to the fore: - this review stops for a while as I’m up dancing with Debra, Helen, Jen and Mary, can’t resist, blame the music!
The piano plays lyrically, the bass then leads, and the tune ends with a fade-out.
There are now a few sound problems as the singer can’t hear himself, but nothing can really throw this band, they simply play on and check the situation, then the sound resumes better than ever, to the singer’s words of ‘cha, cha, cha, - break for reviewer dancing with Helen, Mary and Jen, and also Debra moving rhythmically at the sound controls, just in case it goes again.
The second half opens with bell-like percussion sounds and a build up of drums, enter the others and a sweet tuneful piano, solos from guitar and bass, a clank, clank, chock, chock from percussion to a steady bass drum beating out the pulse of the tune, then a flowing song, more than just riffs.  Audience participation now, this time a clapping lesson from Carlos, we have to repeat short clapping rhythms after him, and he chides us when it’s not quite right, all good fun. Then a tune I recognise, with fine drumming on the snares with sticks.  We dance again, then it’s over and the Metro calls me home. Quite a night!
Ann Alex   

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