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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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CD Review: Accidental Tourists - The L.A. Sessions.

Markus Berger (pno); Joe LaBarbera (dms); Bob Magnusson (bs)
(Review by Lance.).
German born, Santa Monica based, Markus Berger is, like so many of today's jazz people, classically trained and it shows in his impeccable renditions of his own and other's compositions. Jazzwise his overriding influence is Bill Evans. In years to come, possibly the Evans' persuasion will be the guiding light for contemporary pianists even more so than say Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett or Herbie Hancock.

Certainly Berger has assimilated much of Bill Evans but there's also hints of Debussy and Bach in there too.
Magnusson is one of today's bass giants - listen to him on Old Country - and LaBarbera, having worked with Evans, knows exactly what to lay down in a trio setting. In particular his brushwork is outstanding. 
I may perhaps have spent too long on Bill Evans but, although it is there, Berger is still very much his own man and his playing on this, his ninth album, displays a technique and a feeling for the music comparable with any of his contemporaries.
Accidental Tourists - The L.A. Sessions (Challenge Records CR73332) is the first of what Burger hopes will be a series.
Lance.

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