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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 Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

CD Review: Callum Au Big Band - Something's Coming.

Personnel and samples.
(Review by Lance.)
22 year old trombonist Callum Au leads this stirring 17 piece ensemble from the front! His feature on the opening September in the Rain reveals him to be a player of maturity far beyond his years. What a rich fruity sound he gets! He quotes Mark Nightingale as being among his teachers. I think Mark himself would have been proud of this version!
The main feature of the album is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. A laudable endeavour but, hey, wait a minute, haven't both Kenton and Buddy Rich already done this?
I haven't got the Kenton disc but I do have Buddy's and it has to be said that this recording, made 40 years on is comparable and, with the developments during those years, is probably more advanced harmonically. The vocal contributions from Iain MacKenzie and Emma Smith also give it an edge.
Add guest soloists such as Nigel Hitchcock and Gareth Lockrane to put some icing on the cake and the mixture is becoming more potent by the minute but, in truth, the band soloists are strong enough in their own right and don't really need the visiting firemen - dynamic as their contributions are.
Economics being what they are, it is unlikely this band is going to be blowing in a pub near you which is a shame but with this disc on the player, a glass of something in hand and an appreciative group of friends it is maybe the next best option. You can play Buddy's version as well and, as the vino flows, watch the warring factions beat the shit out of each other!
Superb big band disc!
The Callum Au Big Band CD: Something's Coming was launched in January..
Lance.

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