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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, August 26, 2012

CD Review: The Cloudmakers Trio with Ralph Alessi - *Live at the Pizza Express.

Ralph Alessi (tpt); Jim Hart (vbs); Michael Janisch (bs); Dave Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance)
I've several times proffered the opinion that Jim Hart is the number one vibes player - not just in the UK, but anywhere - and this CD only serves to enhance that belief. His flowing solos, unison lines  and counterpoint passages  with trumpet give an indication as to why he was one of the small number of Brits nominated in this years Down Beat Poll - he got my vote let's hope he got yours.

New Yorker Alessi is one of the key trumpeters on the Big Apple's jazz and improvised music scene - and has been since 1991 - working both as a leader and a sideman. This latter category includes gigging with the likes of Steve Coleman, Uri Caine, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch and many others. As a leader Alessi has at least half a dozen albums under his belt the most recent being Wiry Strong.  Hi ideas are undoubtedly of the 21st century albeit not without a suggestion of the latter day Miles.
Michael Janisch has become such a fixture on the UK scene that it's easy to forget he is actually an American although his solo on Monk's Bye-Ya could easily have been mistaken for a solo by any of the great American bass players. He is formidable in stature here.
Dave Smith, a regular musical cohort of Hart, is first call, and often leader of many divers groups such as Outhouse and Outhouse Ruhabi (with 5 Gambian Sabar drummers!) On this disc he gels perfectly with the other 3.
The compositions, apart from Bye-ya are divided evenly between Hart and Alessi.
The Cloudmakers Trio with Tony Alessi "Live at the Pizza Express (Whirlwind Records) is released on Sept. 10 with an official launch at Pizza on October 27.
Lance.

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