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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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Sam Leak Big Band - Summer Tales and Winding Roads

Trust me - the Big Band is alive and kicking and, in many forms! Sunday saw the NCRO working at the roots of the genre whilst, on Tuesday, the Jonathan Silk Big Band were at the other side of the street. The recent release by DUBB took a middle plus path and tonight, had circumstances not decreed otherwise,  I'd have been digging the SSBB at the Millstone whilst, among my CDs awaiting review, is a very tasty offering by the Jeff Benedict Big Band who sail out of LA and other American jazz ports.
So yes, big bands are far from dead!
This particular YouTube video by the Sam Leak Big Band recorded live at London's Spice of Life (ah the memories!) is comparable with any of this year's crop and stands up well alongside many more famous ensembles.
Lance

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