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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.

Monday, February 04, 2013

CD Review: Aruan Ortiz/Michael Janisch Quintet - Banned in London.

Greg Osby (alt); Raynald Colom (tpt); Aruan Ortiz (pno); Michael Janisch (bs); Rudy Royston (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Since settling in England, Janisch has been involved in many diverse projects - indeed Ubiquity could be his middle name!
Recorded live at Pizza Express during the 2011 London Jazz Festival Banned in London ranks alongside anything I've heard him put on disc.
Greg Osby ranks high among alto players and his solos here tell you why. Long, sinuous, swooping lines that flow seemingly endlessly no clichéd player he. Likewise French born  Barcelona based, trumpeter Colom - a new name to me - is equally outstanding. The album notes describe his music as being firmly rooted in Flamenco. Maybe, his fat, round tone does have echoes of the bullring and the fiesta as well an inherent jazz feeling. Listen to him on Monk's most rhapsodic composition Ask Me Now. Pianist Ortiz, Cuban born co-leader with Janisch of the quintet, displays his classical training with some amazing flights of fancy that many a lesser pianist would class as impossible!
Janisch himself is a tower of strength, as he always is, providing the harmonic core and, as I've said elsewhere, some of the most melodic bass playing in jazz.
Rudy Royston is perhaps at times over recorded but not enough to be obtrusive and it does let us know what an imaginative driving force he is behind the soloists.
The publicity says this was "One of the most talked about gigs at the 2011 London Jazz Festival" and, for once I believe it!
CD Asuan Ortiz/Michael Janisch Quintet - Banned in London. is currently available on Whirlwind Records. 
Lance.

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