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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, April 25, 2014

CD Review Taupe

Adam Stapleford (drums), Jamie Stockbridge (alto saxophone) & Mike Parr-Burman (guitar)
(Review by Russell).
Mammatus, the opening track of five on Taupe’s eponymous release, begins with a guess-where-this-is-going series of bass-end notes from Mike Parr-Burman’s guitar. Drummer Adam Stapleford hides a crunching snare under a canopy of splashing cymbals as Jamie Stockbridge’s alto emerges from the dense undergrowth blinking into the daylight, an insistent riff taking command. Carnival’s Quarrel  takes a tightly loose guitar intro into a rasping alto blowout, Coupling requires a First Degree in Counting such is its quirky time signature! Clattering drums and Salt Peanuts-like tooting suggest an element of fun is present in the trio’s collective thinking.
The penultimate track - Lash - is the one. This is impressive stuff - the writing and the playing. Stockbridge’s urgent alto fires-up guitar and drums in a hair-raising joyride to who knows where, taking corners at speed for the thrill of it. Out of breath, alto takes it down, the others having none of it, foot on the accelerator and off they go again! The closing number - Beads - was surely composed aboard the eerie Marie Celeste. Shrouded in a fog, drifting, dissolving into silence. Taupe is one of the releases of 2014. The trio describe themselves as Newcastle’s premier power jazz commando team. On this evidence they could well out gun the opposition in the power trio stakes. Highly recommended. Check out Taupe at http://taupe.bandcamp.com.
Russell.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks for the kind words - glad you enjoyed it.

Jamie

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