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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.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jam Session @ Hoochie Coochie


Pete Gilligan (pno); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs);  Dan Reed (dms). Lindsay Hannon, Carly McKee (vcls).

The quartet opened with Night Train that got things rolling nicely along. Pete and Mark in blues mode, Dan and Paul fuelling the engine. Next stop was Powellville and Bud's Bubble which was worthy of the composer himself. Mark, to quote Paul, was "heavily featured" on How Insensitive which, paradoxically, wasn't! Mark was in great form displaying much sensitivity on this most beautiful of Bossa. The guitarist seems to be continually evolving - bar owner Warren agreed.
The set finished with more Bud Powell - Hallucinations. Great tune and terrific rendition. The guys had hit the right groove tonight alright.
A bottle of London Pride was handed down to me and off we went for the second set.
This had vocal virtuoso Lindsey joining the ensemble for You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, a hard, rockin' blues - Talkin' 'bout My Baby and more bebop with Night in Tunisia. 
Lindsay was in good voice tonight as was Carly McKee who gave out with the inevitable Summertime and It Don't Mean a Thing before duetting with Lindsay on Cheek to Cheek. This was a war of attrition with both girls going for the jugular! Honours even(ish).
The set concluded with Blues For Pat (Metheny).
I had hoped for a few horn players to show but up to this point it was only the two girls although I did note a guy with a trumpet case so maybe there was more to follow in the third set but the number 27 bus doesn't take these things into consideration so I reluctantly left.. 
Lance.

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