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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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Just in case you missed THE Xmas party...

Gregory Porter hosted a seasonal cocktail of music with a festive flavour on BBC2 last night. Gregory was joined by special guests: singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae; 24-year-old musical phenomenon Jacob Collier; legendary British saxophonist Courtney Pine; and one of the UK’s best-loved jazz singers Clare Teal. Featuring standards from the Great American Songbook, together with a carol or two, and some of Gregory’s personal favourites, performances include Merry Christmas Baby, Silent Night, Take me to the Alley and The Christmas Song

Filmed in an intimate ‘jazz club’ setting in Cardiff Bay, Merry Christmas Baby has all the ingredients of a joyful winter warmer - the perfect offering for a mellow Christmas night.
John Taylor

3 comments :

Lance said...

I watched it on Catch-up John and I agree it was as good as those type of shows invariably are albeit a little too much on the gooey/schmaltzy side at times. Nevertheless, apart from Gregory, it was good to hear Courtney playing tenor and Jacob Collier is certainly an incredible singer/musician and Clare and Corinne also sounded in good voice.
I wonder who the trumpet soloist was?
Gregory introduced the rhythm section but not the horns or the strings and the credits at the end flew past so quickly I don't know if they were credited or not.
Also, why does everyone refer to the 'Christmas Song' as being by Nat King Cole? I know he had a big hit with it but people seem to forget that it was actually written by Mel Tormé.
That aside, it was thoroughly enjoyable season-fare

Gordon Marshall said...

The trumpet soloist was Ryan Quigley.

Lance said...

Quiggers - of course! For once he stayed out of the stratosphere. Lovely solo.

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