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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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

GIJF Day Three - The Cookers!

Billy Harper (ten); Eddie Henderson, David Weiss (tpt); Jaleel Shaw (alt); George Cables (pno); Cecil McBee (bs); Billy Hart (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Even before Saturday's Living Legacy talk with the musicians I knew this would be something special but after hearing the guys talking about the music, my anticipation was even higher. I wasn't disappointed!
This was something else!
The ensemble sound a joy to behold and the solos wild and wonderful. These guys are competitive - The OK Coral with a jazz score!
Billy Harper comes out punching from the bell - taking no prisoners. Shaw is more subtle, l;ow key, floating like a butterfly then stinging like a swarm of bees. Weiss and Henderson - playing Morgan and Hubbard - bring back memories of that memorable night in Brooklyn, the Night of the Cookers, that inspired the band's name.
George Cables, last in the North East with Art Pepper back in about 1980, the perfect pianoman rich chords and inspirational solos. McBee, like Harper, contributed several of the compositions and indicated why he's been a first call bassman for many famous names such as Charles Lloyd, Keith Jarrett and Wayne Shorter.
Billy Hart waited until the final number before exploding but explode he did indeed! Prior to that, he drove the soloists forward with the panache and tenacity we've come to expect from hearing him on record.
Incidentally, no predictable round of fours at the end of any of the numbers. Instead, we got endings that were nail-bitingly tense as we wondered who was going to foul-up.
Needless to say, nobody did!
This was cooking with gas and then some!
Nothing could match this...
Lance.


1 comment :

martinrp said...

Pretty much matches my feelings about the gig. Unforgettable!

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