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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 Monday May 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Philonious Funk @ Jesmond Library - May 13

 (Review by Russell)
The 2017 Jesmond Community Festival includes a couple of student jazz offerings. Later in the month members of Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra return to play a set ranging from swing era standards to bop and beyond. Last night’s jazz concert in Jesmond Library presented a new outfit – new to BSH that is – playing a funk set.
Philonious Funk is a student band from Northumbria University. The former polytechnic doesn’t offer a music degree but what it does have is a group of students playing music for fun and this public performance of two short sets of funk and soul entertained festival-goers in leafy Jesmond on a mild Saturday evening. 

A number of nearby student residences were in the throes of having their own shindig – they’re probably still going strong – oblivious to what was going down at their local library. Dad-dancing types made an effort to ‘get on down’ as Philonious Funk (great name!) launched into Uptown Funk. Pharrell Williams’ Happy and the Blues Brothers’ version of Spencer Davis’ Gimme Some Lovin’ had them twitching in their seats if not dancing in between the stacks.

During the interval festival goers stepped outside to check that the 4x4 hadn’t been twocked and make leafy small talk. Festival funksters got into the spirit with a quarter-full paper cup of white or red determined to ‘get on down’. Bruno Mars’ Treasure, a band original held its own, Superstition tested the horns – two trumpets, alto and trombone – and Valerie showcased one of two vocalists. The Main Squeeze’s Dr Funk sent the leafy brigade home happy.      
Russell.

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