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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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CD Review - Frank Kimbrough Quartet.

Frank Kimbrough (pno); Steve Wilson (alt/sop); Jay Anderson (bs); Lewis Nash (dms).
(Review by Lance).
It says much for this blog's attempt at world domination (dream on!) that we now receive as many, if not more, discs from Europe and the USA as we do from the UK! This probably explains why we never show in the Parliamentary's - a prophet without honour and all that boogie woogie!
Still, when my state-side contacts send me a CD such as this maybe I'll do better in the Senate Jazz Awards - is there such a thing? and, if not, why not?
Kimbrough is a pianist able to communicate without bravura flourishes. Like such greats as John Lewis, Shearing and Monk, the less is more syndrome works for him. And let me say that the 'more' is indeed very much more!
Steve Wilson blows alto - cool but not frigid -  I want to hear him again and again!
Anderson and Nash hold it all together. The rhythms are contemporary but they swing - not in the old way - but in the swing of today which means, in layman's terms, they connect.
A great album, better than most, but will it get the exposure it deserves? In this day and (sav)age TV is a no no, Radio, at least in UK, offers limited exposure but albums like this must be heard - and bought!
I promise you the pet shop is fireproof!
Check Out.
Lance.

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