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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.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Vinyl Review: Mark Murphy - A Beautiful Friendship - Remembering Shirley Horn.

Mark Murphy – vocal; Alex Minasian – piano; Curtis Lundy – double bass; Steve Williams – drums; Till Bronner – trumpet.
(Review by Debra M.)
Originally the idea of George Mesterhazy,  Shirley Horn’s pianist , this project  was  dedicated to them both following his sudden death at the age of 59.  The result is a vinyl EP, engineered, produced and designed as a 1950s or ‘60s  jazz album.  The sleeve includes extensive background information, from the instruments used, to the equipment that cut the vinyl.  This obsessional attention to detail is reflected in the quality of every aspect of the recording. 
The quartet are immediately up and swinging  in  ‘A Beautiful Friendship’ , with solos all round, including  a relaxed scat by Murphy. The remaining tracks are ballads, and like Horn, Murphy is not afraid to take things really slowly. In ‘But Beautiful’, William’s subtle brushwork & Minasian’s sparse piano bring the vocal to the fore, giving  space to each considered phrase. The trumpeter Till Brunner plays a tender solo, and also features on, possibly the most outstanding track, ‘Get Out of Town’.  Beginning with a single rap, Williams develops a solo and, with piano, sets a scene  reminiscent of a showdown.  Murphy’s rich, textured voice almost narrates the lyric ,  alternating  to great effect with swinging  sections. His immaculate phrasing and delivery are augmented by the dramatic  percussion  provided by Williams, who was Horn’s drummer for many years. The final track, her trademark ‘Here’s To Life’, has added poignancy, sung by a vocal legend still performing in his 80s. As one of her contemporaries, and with a diverse vocal jazz career spanning decades, Mark Murphy is ideally placed to integrate the spirit and style of Horn’s singing  with his own.  This is an outstanding tribute, capturing the essence of Shirley Horn, and an absolute master class of vocal and piano trio.
Debra M.

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