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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.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

CD Review: The Bannau Trio - Point of View.

Nia Lynn (voice); Gareth Lochrane (flutes); Ross Stanley (piano) + Norma Winstone.
(Review by Lance)
The guiding principle for the Bannau Trio - Bannau, by the way, is Welsh for Beacon - is the freedom to roam with melody, time and texture, to draw on the influences of folk and jazz along with original works.
Nia Lynn has a deadpan cool delivery that adapts well to the material, a mix of wordless passages and intelligent phrasing of lyric and melody. Her initial inspiration, Norma Winstone, pops up on one track and similarities can be detected.
Gareth Lochrane provides some fizzing fluting - is their a better jazz flautist? whilst Ross Stanley, prised away from his beloved B3 proves equally adept at an 88 note grand piano. The two instrumentalists weave and intertwine behind and with the singer making this truly a well tempered triumvirate.
The standard material includes Who Can I Turn To?, Bernstein's Some Other Time, Tom Waits' Soldier's Things and Ralph Towner's Renewal. However, excellent as all these are it's the singer's own composition Lonely Ghosts that does it for me. Melody, lyric, delivery, flute's ghostlike presence as he 'flies over Africa', piano's probing presence...Magic!
Another winner from Whirlwind.
The Bannau Trio - Point of View (Whirlwind Recordings WR4645.) is launched on Saturday October 12 as part of the Whirlwind Festival at King's Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. The official release date is November 4.
Lance.

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