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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, February 16, 2011

Not a Vintage Spice

There's nowhere better I like to visit when I'm in London on a Wednesday night than the Spice of Life.
The crowd was smaller than usual - possibly because Arsenal were in European action. Paul Pace got the ball rolling with You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To and Cristina Rubio impressed with Sometimes I'm Happy, Imagination, The Masquerade is Over and a couple of pieces by McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea.
So far so good.
Next up was the headliner - The Aimua Eghobamien Quartet.
This was a tribute to Louis Armstrong.
Aimua is a great singer but not, to my ears, a jazz singer - whatever that is!
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed his set but it was nearer Johnny Mathis than Louis Armstrong.
The open mic set saw the the conveyer belt roll out Maxine, Wendy, Myrna, Amanda, Sian, Clive Raven, Jean - a Frenchman who sang an original of his entitled (I think) L'arme chaud - and Jo. All sang well but nothing hit me the way they usually do.
The exception was the trio of Rick Simpson (pno), Jerome Davies (bs) and Rod Jones (dms).
They swung!
Photos. Lance.

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