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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, May 09, 2015

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. May 8

Maureen Hall (vocals), Jim McBriarty (clarinet & vocals), Don Fairley (trombone), Roy Gibson (keyboards) & George Davidson (drums & vocals)
(Review by Russell)
If it’s Friday it must be Rendezvous Jazz. The Piper (closed and reborn as the Sandpiper), the Porthole (closed, with a change of use to an architectural practice), then there was the Black Horse in Monkseaton. Maureen Hall and the boys wasted no time in moving a few doors down Front Street to the Monkseaton Arms. Next Friday…
Next Friday, joking aside, Rendezvous Jazz will be at the Monkseaton Arms! Building an audience is one thing, taking it with you is another thing entirely. Maureen Hall’s fans are a loyal lot and the Monkseaton Arms has seen an upturn in its Friday lunchtime trade. All seats taken, beer flowing, non-stop food orders, the publican can’t be anything other than delighted. Four hand pumps, Deuchar’s IPA and Black Sheep the favoured brews, a high stool vacant, the band sounded good. Vocal duties were shared between Hall, clarinet ace Jim McBriarty and the singing drummer George Davidson. Vaudevillian McBriarty sang to the sweeties (Sleepy Time Gal) and played flawlessly on clarinet. The Sheik of Araby, then Hall told us about a Big Butter and Egg Man. Having Don Fairley in the frontline is a guarantee of quality, having pianist Roy Gibson on the stand is a recipe for hilarity and fine roundabout playing (bass parts included). Maureen Hall’s Friday band is well worth hearing. In the temporary absence of Gavin Lee, dep McBriarty maintained the standard. Down the years Maureen Hall has been fortunate in being able to call upon a number of fine clarinet players. One former long serving member of the band, Barry Soulsby, died on Wednesday. Hall paid tribute to the man. Your reviewer knew him as a fine swinging jazz musician. When singing a song he did so with an impish sense of humour. Always one to say ‘hello’, always happy to have a chat, Barry Soulsby will be missed.  
Russell.                     

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