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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 Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

CD Review: Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra - "Emergence"

Scotland has long been a fertile embryo for young jazz musicians and that tradition is maintained in the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. Smith, himself a former young wunderkind, has honed his troops into an organisation that can hold its own at any level as this disc proves.
There is a nice mix of traditional big band swing in the form of Ellington's In a Mellow Tone, Take The A Train and Mood Indigo; Sammy Nestico's Hayburner and Moten Swing; Bob Mintzer's arrangement of Mile's Joshua and Pino Lodice's take on The Flintstones.
Steely Dan's Black Friday, Astor Piazzolla' new style tango Michel Angelo and of course an original by the leader, Numbers, move into slightly more contemporary areas. The latter number features Joe Wright on tenor and it says much for his playing that I had to check the album to ascertain that it wasn't the leader taking the solo!
However, it's unfair to single out soloists - they all perform with distinction - but what is worthy of special mention is the beautiful blend the saxes get in the ensemble passages; precise yet without loss of warmth - this is what I call a sax section.
Release date is Feb. 6. More details from www.spartacusrecords.com or www.tsyjo.com.
Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra - Emergence. Sparticus STS016.
Lance.

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