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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.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

RIP Don Rendell

The devastating news has come through that Don Rendell died on Tuesday (October 20) aged 89. One of the greatest British tenor saxophone players Don Rendell is remembered in the north not only for his association with Ian Carr (Pictured left with Don on photo by Jack Goodwin) but also for his appearance with the Newcastle Big Band. It was in 1973 on that day when Sunderland won the FA Cup in the afternoon and Don Rendell played with the Big Band in the evening The big difference was that I was only listening to the match on the radio whereas I was actually on stage with the great man!
Not that this was the first time our paths had crossed. Back in 1965 I was staying overnight at a hotel in Rawtenstall in Lancashire. I was having my evening meal when I heard the sound of a tenor sax coming from an adjoining room. I questioned the waitress about it. "There's a jazz club on, Don Rendell or somebody." Or somebody! I almost choked myself finishing off my meal. He was in splendid form - was he ever anything else? - and for one night only, to me, Rawtenstall was the finest place on Earth.
The last time I heard Don was at the Ian Carr Memorial concert at the South Bank Centre and age certainly hadn't withered nor custom staled his infinite variety.
We mourn the loss of a true jazz giant.
Sadly missed may he rest in peace.
Obituary.
Lance.

1 comment :

Alan Twelftree (on F/b). said...

I remember him first as a consistently creative musician. Hearing him first with the Dankworth Seven I followed his great work through so many exciting bands. Meeting him on many occasions I always found him genial and enthusiastic. Sadly missed

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