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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.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Phil Hudson Quintet w. Laura Adams @ Hoochie Coochie - April 17.

Phil Hudson (gtr); Graham Brown (organ); Paul James (bs); Gary Cowey (keys); Steve Wall (dms) + Laura Adams (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Some gigs hit you in the face, full on, in the first number. Others start kind of meandering-like before moving up a gear. The former may grab you but, after that initial impact there's no place left to go whereas in the latter scenario, the tension builds and, before you know it, they too are flying and the only way is up!
Tonight was, by and large, in the latter category.
God Bless The Child was well played but, somehow, didn't pull at the emotions in the way this number usually does - perhaps it needed the words which, with this song, are surely as important as the melody.   
Graham Brown had been moonlighting around the hall with his camera (watch this space) but come Alfie's Tune he was at the, "Not quite a Hammond"organ although, close your eyes and this was a B3! At times I thought it was a Boeing 707 preparing for take off! Where have you been hiding Graham - Downtown Sunderland Gasworkers Club?
Phil Hudson is as sleek and as cool as any guitarist with his CV - Tina Turner, Mica Paris and a whole lot more - and he did the business good. Russell, who'd staggered in from a local beer festival compared him to John Scofield and, indeed Hudson sounded more like John Scofield than John Scofield did at GIJF!
Laura Adams strutted her stuff on, What's Going On? Followed by a somewhat pedestrian version of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square that was, however, compensated for by the sunniest Sunny since Georgie Fame and Bobby Hebb.
The volume was raised for the second set, successfully drowning out the company on a nearby table who'd sabotaged the first set and it was all systems go to the end.
Not an earth-moving gig by any means but, nevertheless, a one that caused no pain and some fine musicians who are, maybe, just getting it together - already it's close!
Lance.

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