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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, October 02, 2017

Zoe Rahman @ The Lit & Phil September 29

(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
This concert had sold out weeks ago as the Lit and Phil regular concert attendees were joined by the many Zoe Rahman admirers. Unusually for a jazz gig, we were given a programme with various biographical details of the artist and also the list of songs that would be performed.
After the first medley of tunes had been played, she asked for a programme so she could see what was she was meant to have played; not surprisingly for a great improviser, this bore little resemblance to the advertised list.
I have seen Zoe Rahman several times over the years and I can honestly say I have never heard her play better. Zoe Rahman is a really engaging performer who connects with her audience immediately. The music just flowed and flowed from one style to another: classical, contemporary, free, Bengali and swing all dovetailed perfectly to enthral the impeccably quiet audience who only made their presence felt when they burst into loud applause at each break in proceedings.
After one hour the music had to stop, although we were treated to a single encore before the piano lid was finally closed. I could have happily rewound to the start and heard the whole thing again.
Steve H.

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