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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 27, 2009

Gareth Roberts Quintet @ The Cluny

An interesting band from Wales that, possibly because of the long drive from Cardiff, took a while to impact. However, after a routine opening set, the trumpet and trombone frontline upped the ante in the second and whilst I personally would have liked a sax to balance things out they played some compelling stuff.
Leader Roberts has a rumbustious trombone style that frequently segués into impish ribaldry. Fortunately, it is also tempered with an occasional mellowness that Roy Williams would have been proud of. (Incidentally, am I the only person in the world who didn't know that Williams guested with the Vieux Carré at Gateshead Fell last Friday?).
On trumpet and four valved flugel, Gethin Liddington had his moments but for me the outstanding performance was by Jones the Piano. Paul Jones - on a real piano - played brilliantly; someone compared him to McCoy Tyner and they weren't far wrong. His dexterity and inspired solos were sheer joy.
The Brothers O'Connor, Chris on bass and Mark drums, were sound and both soloed effectively.
All in all one of the tastier of the curate's eggs.

1 comment :

russell said...

Hi Lance

Listening to Gareth Roberts in the Cluny I thought his style owed something to the great Gary Valente and I could hear Tricky Sam Nanton and Paul Rutherford-quite a stretch,I know,but there you are!Having today looked at Roberts' website I wasn't surprised to read that Gary Valente is an influence (as is Jimmy Knepper).

I enjoyed the reedless front line.There is something about brass,particularly in unison...

I agree that pianist Paul Jones was rather good.I could hear McCoy Tyner touches,especially in his response to the leader's soloing.

One thing did occur to me...there was an unusually high jazz content for a Schmazz gig!More please!

Incidentally,I have great memories of Valente in Newcastle,a real powerhouse if ever there was one.Jimmy Knepper's appearance at the Corner House was a great night.He played to such a small audience.Does anyone remember the gig?Did anyone take some photographs?

Russell

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