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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, January 09, 2013

CD Review: Asuka Kakitani - BLOOM.


(Review by Dave Brownlow.)
Japanese - born Asuka Kakitani leads an 18 piece contemporary jazz orchestra playing in a style reminiscent of the work of Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer or Vince Mendoza all of whom are descendants of the great master of modern jazz orchestration – Gil Evans.
A former student at Berklee, Kakitani has worked for several years around New York City, paying her dues, and gradually attracting formidable jazz artists to play and solo on her distinctive charts. Commissioned to write by Manny Albam and  the Composer Assistance Program, in 2006, she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Award for her song Dance One
.The 8 original compositions - some over 10 minutes long –  are inspired by the natural world, literature or paintings by modernists such as Matisse  Kakitani’s ensemble has an adventurous harmonic style using thick chords and multi-layered melodies which are constantly evolving and resolving and from which the improvised solos emerge, Many of her technical orchestral devices such as motifs are extended and developed. Light and shade, contrasts between calm and excitement, changes of time signature, complexity and simplicity, solos and ensemble playing and composition and improvisation.
Soloists include saxophonist John O’Gallagher, trombonist Jacob Garchik, guitarist Pete McCann, drummer Mark Ferber, and vocalist Sara Serpa.
A thoroughly absorbing album of contemporary arrangements beautifully played
It is worthy of careful and repeated listening especially by enthusiasts of modern jazz orchestration. 
Dave Brownlow
BLOOM  is due out on January 26th  on Nineteen-Eight Records.

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