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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, November 23, 2018

Harlem Bound with Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms - Nov 23

Maureen Hall (vocals); Jim McBriarty (clarinet, vocals); Don Fairley (trombone); Malcolm Armstrong (keyboards); George Davidson (drums, vocals) + Doris Fenn (banjo)
(Review by Russell) 

Fresh from another successful weekend away in Bellingham Maureen Hall's Rendezvous Jazz reported for duty at the Monkseaton Arms ready to resume the band's ever-popular weekly residency. 

It was good to see Don Fairley back on the stand, taking his seat alongside Jim McBriarty, either side of band leader Maureen Hall. That Teasin' Rag got things underway, Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? with Hall's vocals, then drummer George Davidson singing Hello Dolly, a typically varied Rendezvous Jazz setlist. 

Rockin' Chair, Hall again, this time singing We Shall Walk Through the City (Don Fairley's quicksilver trombone solo), the London Pride tasting just fine, a nice way to spend an hour or two down at the coast. Raffle time, nothing new to report there. 
 Clarinettist Jim McBriarty sings a tune or two and he opened the second set with It Don't Mean a Thing (if it Ain't Got That Swing) with the great Doris Fenn sitting-in on banjo. Hall offered a measured reading of As Time Goes By supported by the fine instrumentalists at her side. Our band leader went on to offer McBriarty his clarinet part for Harlem Bound...or so she thought.* The band proceeded to play the tune with more than one raised eyebrow in the ranks. Something wasn't quite right. It took a while until Hall realised she'd handed McBriarty the alto sax part. Much hilarity ensued.   

Baby, Won't You Please Come Home? vied for the highlight of the afternoon, pianist Malcolm Armstrong was his mischevious self during the session, at one point throwing in two bars of Jingle Bells (howay, man, it's only November 23!), Hall singing Bill Bailey restored a semblance of order and as three o'clock approached When You're Smiling sent us on our way.
Russell

As your correspondent made to leave, bandleader Hall asked/attempted to bribe Bebop Spoken Here not to mention the Harlem Bound episode. It should be made clear that BSH reports without fear or favour, telling it as it is. Although, come to think of it, a pint of London Pride could have bought its silence!   

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