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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).


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 Tuesday May 21



Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.


Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, May 02, 2019



DJAZZ : The Durham City Jazz Festival

Various venues
Durham City
June 7th - 9th
Tickets: £20 available from

A festival is bringing together an eclectic mix of regional, national and international musicians to Durham, including multi award winning artists at the cutting edge of jazz, and placing them in the city’s most iconic buildings.

Now in its 3rd year, DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival brings you an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional jazz set against the backdrop of some of Durham's most intriguing venues. Highlights include 2 x MOBO award winner Moses Boyd who will be headlining at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall and 2018’s ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year' Arun Ghosh, who will be opening the festival.

The festival brings a fresh perspective to the world of jazz, celebrating its vast and varied nature. The focus is to bring together a number of different musical styles, groups, networks and audiences in the small but perfectly formed city of Durham. At only £20 for a full weekend ticket festival-goers gain access to over 20 events ranging from intimate sets in hidden locations to big names in big venues! Think cafes, pop-ups and bars to venues and iconic historic buildings. This not only has the effect of pairing up acts with a unique environment but is part of the festival’s ambition to reach new audiences and get music lovers to try something new!

So one minute you’re watching multi-award winning Moses Boyd Exodus in the historic Durham Miners Hall, Redhills - and the next you’re in the 25 capacity Holy Grale for an intimate solo set.

The organisers encourage anyone who is interested in live music to engage with the festival, and not to be deterred by the term ‘Jazz’. The genre has enjoyed a huge resurgence over the past few years as we find ourselves now within a period of exciting UK revival.

Carlo Viglianisi says:
“Jazz can be quite a loaded phrase but the truth is, jazz as a genre can be traced through almost every form of music since the 1920s. At our festival you’ll hear everything from new straight ahead trios and bossa nova right through to grime and electro. You’ll definitely catch the best examples of Jazz as you think you know it, and jazz as you don’t know it”

Collaboration plays an important part of the festival not only in bringing musicians together but also by working with the local businesses to transform existing spaces into festival venues for the weekend.

Heather Spencer says:
“Not only will you see a diverse range of artists from a local, national and international stage but from all angles of the festival, we seek to create an environment that makes everyone welcome through our collaborative approach. We work with so many different partners, from local groups to student societies and small businesses to big organisations meaning we have no single core audience - DJAZZ is truly a festival for everyone.”

Taking place across multiple venues in the city audiences will experience jazz in all of its forms in a range of unique and intriguing venues.

The festival venues are:
     Durham Cathedral
     Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
     The Square at The Riverwalk
     Pop-up hub at The Riverwalk
     Pop-up jazz bar st The Riverwalk
     The Norman Chapel at Durham Castle
     The Holy GrAle

Featured acts include:
     Moses Boyd Exodus - 2X MOBO Award winner (link)
     Arun Ghosh - 2018 Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (link)
     Paul Edis and Graeme Wilson - Durham Cathedral pipe organ and saxophone (link)
     Between Waves - Archipelago + Fran Bundey - Newcastle based genre-fluid trio featuring electronic vocal-looping artist Fran Bundey
     Ceitidh Mac - Cello, vibraphone/percussion, vocals, reeds and synths - blending alt-folk and mellow vocals
     The Nu Bossa Band - Porteguese father-daughter duo with stunning sax and percussion - music spanning the afro-cuban and latin tradition
     Kinesis + Paul Grainger - local drumming star Abbie Finn returns to Durham with her duo - then trio - showing the changing timbre of the music
     LoLanders - Collaboration between leading Scottish and Dutch jazz musicians - an exciting sextet of varied influences: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Scottish and Highland tradition and the Asian diaspora
Full line up is at:

Carlo Viglianisi
07787 144 894

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