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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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CD Review: Yaron Herman - Alter Ego.

Yaron Herman (pno); Stéphane Kerecki (bs); Ziv Ravitz (dms) + Logan Richardson (alt); Emile Parisien (sop/ten).
(Review by Lance.)
Born in Tel Aviv in 1981 Yaron Herman looked to be all set to have a career as a junior basketball player on Israel's national team. When that dream was shattered by a knee injury, Yaron, 16 year old, turned to the piano - well you would wouldn't you? - studying the instrument using a method based on Philosophy, Mathematics and Psychology.  He's now considered, worldwide, to be one of the outstanding talents of his generation.

Recorded in France where Yaron now resides, the piano playing on this CD is comparable with many of the piano discs I've  lately reviewed. At times there is an almost pastoral feel to the music often building to a frenzied peak then gradually drawing back to a reflective mode. Keith Jarrett is in there somewhere and so is Brad M. Bass and drums combine to make this a unit of players seeking each other and, eventually, making passing contact. It works for me.
As a bonus, two horn players, not always simultaneously, augment the trio. Emile Parisiene (a name to die for!) waxes lyrical on soprano and tenor. Logan Richardson - from New York - plays fluent contemporary alto.
Madeleine has some quite evocative piano and I wondered, who is Madeleine who inspired the music? - perhaps one day it will be revealed. My favourite track.
Yaron Herman - Alter Ego ACT 9530-2, is released on September 24.
Lance.

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