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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, April 20, 2019

Preview: Swing Manouche @ Blaydon Jazz Club - Easter Day (April 21)

(Preview by Russell)

Following last month's hugely successful fundraising concert at the Black Bull it's back to business on Sunday (Easter Day) as Blaydon Jazz Club presents a treat for Djangologists - and jazz fans in general - with an appearance by Swing Manouche. 

Djangologist Mick Shoulder first came to prominence on the gypsy jazz scene as leader of Djangology (latterly known as Djangologie). Sold out concerts, an acclaimed album, bassist Shoulder could have rested on his laurels yet he chose to go in another direction, a direction not unfamiliar to Django Reinhardt.

An accomplished string bass player, Shoulder opted to play six strings, in the process recruiting Paul Grainger to take on the bull fiddle anchor role in his new outfit Swing Manouche. Rhythm guitarist extraordinaire Giles Strong joined our County Durham based Djangologist, making it two six-stringers, a bassist and the ever-popular Gavin Lee playing clarinet. 

A headline 'name' invariably pulls in the punters, none more so than that of Django Reinhardt. Add the names of Messrs Shoulder, Strong, Grainger and Lee to the publicity and you've got the makings of a full house. Don't forget that Sunday's concert at the Black Bull (Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ) starts at the now regular, new time of 7:30pm. Pay on the door (actually pay at the bar, in the lounge), admission is a bargain £7.

Frequent bus services from/to Gateshead and Newcastle will get you to your destination in a matter of minutes with time to catch onward bus/Metro connections on your journey home. Leave the car at home (parking is available if you insist!) enjoy a pint of Black Sheep (your designated driver for the evening can 'enjoy' a soft drink!) and listen to some top class jazz at a grassroots club.
Russell           

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