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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.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

CD Review: The Bad Plus - Made Possible.

Ethan Iverson (pno); Reid Anderson (bs); David King (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The Bad Plus are certainly one of the hottest acts around at the moment pulling in audiences around the globe and releasing this, their eighth studio album.
Not your average piano/bass/drums trio, TBP move in many directions as they discover and digest new dimensions. Taking a repetitive phrase, Iverson will gradually build it up increasing the tension with bass and drums doing similar things differently until, somehow, it all comes together in a glorious cascade of notes lighting up the musical horizon as if to say this is our way - The Way.
That they can do this at any tempo - slow and dreamy, fast and furious, a mix of both - doesn't matter. They're all heading for the Same Rainbow's End, albeit by different routes. But this is no Moon River, no Sea of Tranquility, but a raging torrent that tosses and turns the listener, threatening, frightening until, suddenly, when all seems to be lost, it reaches calmer waters - where listener and player relax, floating as if on air under a clear blue sky with golden sands but an arms length away. A vision appears, beckoning, perhaps it's a mermaid, but, before you get within her aura, the tempest returns sweeping you back into the maelstrom once more. 
Up into the clouds you soar, strange figures flash by, was that Chopin? looked like him. I think, if he'd been alive today, he may have liked this.
The Bad Plus - Made Possible is released on October 22. They are live at Ronnie Scott's on October 23/24.
Lance.

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