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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, March 28, 2015

CD Review: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston Together

James Birkett (guitar) & Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
North east-based guitarists James Birkett and Bradley Johnston have been working together for some time as a duo and have recently released their first CD recording. Together comprises thirteen tracks, of which eleven were composed or recorded by iconic figures in the history of jazz. Two compositions are the duo’s – Blues for BJ (comp.J.Birkett) and James Waltz (comp. B.Johnston).They stand comparison.
Sage Gateshead’s music education programme brought together lecturer Birkett and Johnston, the guitar student. On this recording they have taken classic tunes on loan. Respect for the material permeates the CD from start to finish. From Jobim to Venuti, Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson to Rollins and Coltrane to Django, sensitivity and respect are paramount. Oleo, Giant Steps, Blue Room and Doxy, a mix of tunes, all of them handled with care, the craft of the jazz guitarist clear for all to hear.
The sound balance is excellent, recorded at Sage Gateshead by Dan Martin and mixed and mastered by Adam Sinclair. Those familiar with the duo’s playing will recognise who’s taking the solo on any given track. Those less familiar will be impressed on first hearing and will want to search out the duo to hear them in concert. Purchasing Together is a recommended first step – James Birkett and Bradley Johnston Together (JBBJ 1). Buy a CD at a gig (be sure to get it signed, it is likely to become a collector’s item) or contact the guitarists at: www.jamesbirkettmusic.com and brad.believe@hotmail.co.uk.
Russell.               

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