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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, January 21, 2012

PG3 @ The Jazz Café

Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Dan Reed (dms).
I arrived in The Toon, oblivious to the black and white shirts sobbing in their beer - Newcastle United having just lost 5-2 to Fulham - and took refuge in the Jazz Café. Ian Forbes was setting up the drums. 
I exchanged pleasantries with Ian and returned to the bar where Dan Reed had appeared. More pleasantries then Dan said that he was playing drums tonight. I thought - "Uh huh!"
A double booking resulting in Ian taking his cymbals and vanishing into the night. It may be a little while before he returns...
The gig began and the room filled up.
Pete is quite an incredible player, if you catch him at just the right moment you realise he's up there with some of our more illustrious names. (Pete's at Hoochie Coochie on Thursday with Mark Williams - there should be a bit of adrenalin flowing that night.)
Tonight we heard, among others, In Walked Bud, Straight No Chaser, Whisper Not, A Foggy Day and a rather beautiful Waltz For Debbie with Pete taking us on a merry chase around the infinite variations the song and he are capable of.
On bass, Paul Grainger excelled and young Dan Reed began tentatively gradually becoming more assertive as he became hip to the quirks and whims of pianist and bass.
This was a most enjoyable evening.
Lance.

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