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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.

Friday, January 17, 2014

CD Review: Herb Silverstein - Monday Morning.

Herb Silverstein (pno); Jeff Rupert (ten); LaRue Nickelson (gtr); Richard Drexler (bs); Marty Morell (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This is my first encounter with Herb Silverstein which is surprising as, apart from being a jazz pianist he is also, the blurb tells me, a doctor, ear surgeon, inventor, author and philanthropist. Founder of the Silverstein Institute and the Ear Research Foundation, Silverstein is also an avid skier and athlete - when, one wonders, did he ever find time to practice!
That he did is evident in this delightful album of original compositions expertly interpreted by his sidekicks.
Possibly Mingus, Shelly Manne, Bill Evans, early Miles and maybe a few others passed through his mind as he composed but if they did it was ephemeral - just enough to plant a few seeds!
Silverstein is a delicate pianist who swings in the most delightful way - his chord voicings are exquisite.
On tenor, Rupert brings to mind say, Richie Kamuka or Zoot whilst Nickelson has the Jim Hall, Herb, Barney feel to his playing.
Drexler's bass on the quirky Hungarian Waltz in A Minor reminds us of his impressive pedigree. Too vast to list here.
I'm not going to suggest this will be a CD of the Year but it will most likely be one I'll still be playing next December when many other discs by better known artists have been filed under Oblivion.
Lance.

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