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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.

Friday, November 08, 2013

CD Review: Mark Perry & Duncan Eagles Quintet - Road Ahead.


Mark Perry (tpt); Duncan Eagles (ten); Gareth Lochrane (fl); Sam Leak (pno); Max Luthert (bs); Chris Nickolls (dms); Ola Onabule (vcl).
(Review by Lance)
A gem! A perfect example of where British jazz is at the moment and, if it's not, it's where it should be!
This is music accessible to all but the Troglodytes  and the Outsiders.. Superb solos, great ensemble sounds on compositions by the co-leaders. It's bop -  both hard and soft - as well as contemporary sounds that recognise chord changes. I'd love to know the background to the intriguing tune titles.
Flip of a Coin; Chord Game; Shawty; Forever; Barters Band; Wray Common; GG.T.; Road Ahead; One Last Kiss; Remember.
The front line guys are just perfect for the music - so they should be! Two out of three of them wrote the heads and you don't invent a game to get beat at it! Nevertheless, Lochrane, if he doesn't beat them at their own game at least proves their equal! But jazz isn't about competition and the horns and rhythm emphasise
to make this a disc that tells the world where we are at, jazz-wise, at this moment in time and I can tell you folks that this is as good as anything I've heard coming out of New York recently.
Eagles is a superb tenor player - well you knew that already didn't you? Lochrane, who could have been featured more, is perhaps the worlds best jazz flautist. Perry, I was unfamiliar with his work until this disc - a NYJO graduate, need I say more? It's still the best place to pay your dues and Perry is living proof.
The rhythm section dig in and Sam Leak's playing doesn't have any leaks - sorry!
The CD is launched on Sunday November 17 at Pizza (2pm). Part of LJF..
Lance

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