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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 Wednesday May 22



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).


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.


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 29, 2010

Jazz Esquires @ The Porthole

Miles Watson (tpt/vcl), Andy Lee (alt), Tony Winder (ten/clt), Terry Dalton (tmb), Roy Gibson (pno), Laurie Brown (vbs/dms), Stan Nicholson (bs), Robin Douthwaite (gtr), Ray Walker (dms). Teresa Armstrong (vcl), George Laing (piano). Close your eyes and you could, with a bit of imagination, imagine this was a Buck Clayton Jam Session - as the song says - Imagination is funny...
Yes it required a lot of imagination today...
However, to be fair, Laurie did announce that they were trying out some unchartered charts so full marks for effort.
Poor Butterfly, it has to be said, was still in the caterpillar stage but I'm Beginning To See The Light and Mean to Me (with a vocal by Miles) sounded good and any fragility in the ensembles was more than made up for in the soloes.
Laurie swung things along on vibes whilst that musical maverick Andy Lee stumbled delightfully through the changes.
George Laing played intermission piano with Over The Rainbow and Applehoney before Teresa gave out with Bewitched and Out of Nowhere.
The afternoon rounded off with Just In Time (for me to catch the ferry). Photos.

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