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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.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CD Review: Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope - Mirage.

Brian Landrus (baritone sax & various 'low reeds'); Nir Felder (gtr); Lonnie Plaxico (bs); Rudy Royston (dms); Frank Carlberg (pno/keys); Mark Feldman (vln); Ryan Truesdale (cond.); Feldman String Quartet.
(Review by Lance).
Composer Landrus - Master of the Low Reeds - has created an intriguing album that merges his quintet Kaleidoscope with the Feldman String Quartet.
The 'low reeds', apart from baritone sax, comprise bass clarinet, bass flute, contra alto flute and bass saxophone all played by 'The Master' at varying times. That he is adept (or should that be adepth?) on these subterranean horns goes without saying - he's been a Down Beat Rising Star on bari for the past 3 years.
The compositions and arrangements are all by Landrus and the skilful way he merges jazz quintet with string quartet must have been inspired by the time he spent studying with Bob Brookmeyer at New England Conservatory. The late trombonist was an inspiration to many.
My conventional side favours his baritone sax work but my usually well concealed quirky side has a liking for Landrus on bass clarinet and contra alto flute - I worked in a music shop for many years and I don't think I ever saw one of those - maybe I thought it had something to do with the plumbing!
The final track - Kismet - is described as a solo bass saxophone soliloquy and I couldn't sum it up any better.
Not that this is all Landrus. Felder's guitar solos are aces high and  the string quartet is the gravy that makes all the difference to the Sunday Dinner.
Recommended to everyone but Piccolo Pete.
Mirage by Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope is slated for release on Tuesday June 25 on BlueLand Records. Check it out.
Lance.

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