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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.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Alexander Hawkins' Ensemble @ The Cumberland. July 9th.

Alexander Hawkins (keyboards), Dom Lash (double bass), Javier Carmona (drums), Otto Fischer (guitar), Hannah Marshall (cello) & Corey Mwamba (vibes)
High up in the Lower Ouseburn Valley stands the legendary Cumberland Arms. Stunning views of the valley's 19th century industrial heritage, the hostelry offers superb beer and lots of people, al fresco, were drinking lots of it. Two thirds of the band were stuck in traffic on the M1. A duo set was, perhaps, the answer. Time for some more beer. Then the other band members arrived, late and apologetic.
Perhaps because things were running late, the gig started in low-key fashion. Not much happened in a first set book-ended by a Wadada Leo Smith composition and three pieces by Anthony Braxton. During the interval one observer suggested the music demanded 'closer listening'. It was time for some more beer.
I decided to listen more closely. Wow! This was a game of two halves - a defensive first forty five minutes then a tactical change was made at the start of the second set. It was to be all-out attack. This was stunning stuff. Javier Carmona kicked it, Dom Lash flew, Corey Mwamba enhanced his growing reputation but the Man of the Match award went to bandleader Alexander Hawkins. He played everyone off the park with a blistering performance on Emoic.
Russell.

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