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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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Jazz in Jesmond and Japan

The February edition of DownBeat gives the rundown on 25 of the world's top jazz cities. Not surprisingly, New York is top with London the only UK city mentioned. Amazingly, Tokyo offers more than 100 jazz gigs nightly!

One of the 'unique offerings' of The Shinjuku Pit Inn is afternoon sets for a post-lunch crowd that hungers for live jazz.

Ah, so!

Well the good news is that you don't have to go to Tokyo for your afternoon fix. Various venues in and around Tyneside and Co. Durham have lunchtime sessions. Monday to Sunday there's usually at least one and you don't have to eat sushi or drink sake.

This coming Friday sees a new/old venue presenting lunchtime gigs (first & third Fridays) at the Royal British Legion Club, 3 West Jesmond Avenue, NE2 3EX, (2 mins walk from West Jesmond Metro) featuring Classic Swing. The band, which already plays a lunchtime gig at the Ship Inn, Monkseaton, on Tuesdays are hoping this new venture will be a successful one. The Legion has, in the past, played host to, among others, the Maine St. Jazzmen and the River City Jazzmen. Dates so far inked in are Feb. 1 & 15 and March 1 & 15.
Worth supporting,
Lance

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