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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.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

RIP Jacques Loussier

Bruce Bax has brought to my notice the passing of French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier who left us on March 5.

Renowned for his jazz-inspired improvisations on various classical themes and particularly Bach he was perhaps the greatest cross-genre interpreter in that field. I remember hearing him playing to a packed house at Newcastle's City Hall back in 1971. It was a memorable evening when genres were crossed bringing both sides of the great divide (jazz and classical) together. A night to remember.

I'd planned on seeing him again at Scarborough Jazz Festival in 2015 but, sadly, illness prevented him appearing.

When I was involved with the jazz record dept. of our local music store by far the best selling LPs at the time were the Decca albums by the Jacques Loussier Trio and especially the second volume that included the emotive version of Air on a G String that achieved immortality when it was used as the soundtrack to an advert for Hamlet Cigars.
The great man was 84 may he Rest In Peace.
Lance.

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