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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, February 12, 2015

Improvisers Workshop @ Jazz Café - February 10

Andy Champion (bass); Wes Stephenson (drums); Alan Law (keys); Jeff Smith and 2 others (saxes); Simon Stephenson (guitar); Rees ? (Welsh poet); ? (trumpet); Zoe Gilby, Ann Alexander, Julie ? (vocals) - Apologies to people I’ve missed out or misnamed
(Review by Ann Alex).
The atmosphere in the upstairs room is quite different from that downstairs.  Downstairs is light and minimalist but upstairs is dark, spacious, with a partly curtained central area, suitable both for romantic meetings or something more edgy, depending on your mood.  And this entertaining session provided both types of music. 
I entered to banging drums and much sound which later changed to Andy bowing the bass as if it was a giant cello, a very pleasing sound.  Andy organised various groups of players during the first half, including Zoe doing uninhibited vocalisation together with himself hitting the bass with hammers; then Julie performing whispering types of sounds with Alan playing lyrically on keys.  It’s all to do with listening and responding to the others, and sometimes having the courage to change the direction of the music.
For the second half we were placed in duos of like instruments and this produced interesting and sometimes beautiful sounds, especially from the keys and, surprisingly, a lovely bell- like tone from the drummer.  Interest was added by Rees who passionately recited (in Welsh I think) to musical accompaniment. We female vocalists were a threesome, with sounds and words, something about gardens and the devil.  The listeners seemed to enjoy it anyway.
The proceedings were rounded off with everyone in for a free for all, but with rules about not playing at the same time as your partner.
Then we all went home to normal life, but perhaps having been made to consider what music actually is, and how did it all start anyway? 
Ann Alex    

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