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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.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Lance's Lament

The situation's out of control. I've now got more unopened, unlistened to CDs than I could ever hope to review and I don't know what to do with them (up yours too!) I doubt if any of my local charity shops will find a demand for 273 albums of original compositions by someone they've never heard of so, artists, agents, hustlers, please do not bombard me with unsolicited CDs without emailing for permission first and, if I don't reply, it's not bad manners - well it is I suppose and I apologise - but take it for a no-no. Also, please forget about downloads. If someone has forked out postage to send me their baby then it has a small chance, not a big one but at least a chance.
To make matters worse, a couple of my reviewers have gone AWOL so, anyone willing to step into the breach is most welcome. You don't get paid (neither do I) but you do get to keep the CD whether you want to or not.
This may seem harsh, and I'm sure there is so much talent slipping under my radar, but someone please tell me the answer.
In the meantime, I'd like to hire a skip just so I don't have to continually sidle along sideways to get from the back door to the front door.
Wait a minute, If I park my car on the street I could store the CDs in the garage, or maybe buy a bigger house with a bigger garage.
I knew there was an answer!
So, anyone with a modestly sized stately home for sale and who is prepared to take every crap CD in the world in part-exchange please get in touch.
Alternatively, anyone whose literary skills match those of Shakespeare, Dickens or Mickey Spillane are invited to join our reviewing team. However, applicants who cite Tolstoy as their mentor will only be allowed to review ECM issues in a darkened room.
Lance.
PS: Despite all that, I do have some goodies lined up for review which is what makes it all worthwhile.

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