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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 Monday May 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yellow Jackets/Ronnie Scott All-Stars @ Ronnie Scott's March 19, 2013.

Russell Ferrante (pno/keys); Felix Pastorius (bs); William Kennedy (dms); Bob Franceschino (ten/sop).
(Review by Lance)
The Yellow Jackets have been going for around 30 years, albeit with fluctuations of personnel. This version was, I guess, as good as any. Certainly the capacity crowd at Ronnie Scott's thought so.
It is jazz/rock fusion - remember that genre? - and it brought back the sounds of the 1980's only somewhat updated.
All four are superb musicians with Franceschino proving an able replacement for Bob Mintzer. Blistering, virulent, paint-stripping tenor solos are his forté. Split note harmonics up in the stratosphere contrasted with soft moments of tenderness. Soprano sax sounded good too. You can't beat the old Mark VIs. Back in New York he leads a band called "Them" - I'd like to hear them.
On six string bass guitar Pastorius gives truth to the saying 'Like father like son' - I'm sure Jaco would be proud of him.
Russell Ferrante was effective on piano and keyboard whilst Kennedy led from the rear and gave a display of powerhouse drumming in his imaginative solos.
Two excellent back to back sets that even the occasional ideciveness didn't mar.
In support,, the Ronnie Scott All-Stars - Pete Long (clt); James Pearson (pno); Sam Burgess (bs); Chris Higginbottom (dms) - played extended versions of One O'Clock Jump, Lullaby of the Leaves, and Stone Fox Chase.
Long was in fine form with multii-chorus post Goodman solos whilst Pearson indicated just why he has been house pianist/md for so long. Bass and drums combined to make this set more than just mere support.
Lance.

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