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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.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

CD Review: Saxophonics - The River Flows At Night

Keith Robinson (alt/sop); Steve Summers (alt/ten); Graeme Wilson (ten); Niall Armstrong (bar).
(Review by Lance.)
Saxophonics go back a few years now - I remember them with a slightly different line-up back in the days of the Side Café. At the time they were very much based on Bobby Watson's 29th St. Saxophone Quartet and much of the material was drawn from the pen of Watson.
The 29th St. SQ is still an influence on Saxophonics - and every other saxophone quartet in the world - but these days the material is home grown by way of original compositions by band members. On this CD six of the compositions are by Wilson and four are by Armstrong.
If you haven't heard Saxophonics live - and you soon will have the opportunity (more later) - imagine a Bach fugue with the string quartet replaced by four saxophones weaving contrapuntal, angular, lines intertwining intriguingly and effectively by four virtuoso players. It is so well done it isn't always easy to separate the written parts from the improvisatory ones.
Several of Wilson's pieces are familiar having heard them in other settings - Street of Furs and The New Wallow being two such opuses to make the transition without mishap. The title track is another dream arrangement. The image of the river flowing at night is captured perfectly. Armstrong's, to the best of my knowledge, were written solely with the quartet in mind and his beefy baritone bass lines ensure a firm foundation is laid for the ensemble.
The CD is due to be launched as part of a lunchtime concert at the Lit and Phil, Westgate Rd., Newcastle, on Friday December 13 (1pm) where many of the numbers on the CD will be performed and the disc itself will be on sale for £10. It is also available from www.saxophonics.org
Lance.

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