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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.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

CD Review: Racha Fora - Racha S'miles

Hiroaki Honshuku (flutes/piccolo/ewi); Rika Ikeda (violin); Mauricio Andrade (guitar); Rafael Russi (bass); Benhur Oliviera (pandeiro) + (on 3 tracks) Dave Liebman (sop sax).
(Review by Lance).
Described as Jazz improvisation over native Brazilian rhythms - a grooving hybrid music from Boston, Ma this sounded as if it might be a daunting prospect! Not so! This tribute to Miles Davis is quite delightful. The unusual combination of the flute/violin front-line over a Brazilian rhythm section works well.
Six compositions by Miles (Milestones; Blue in Green; Solar; All Blues; Circle and Seven Steps to Heaven). Two by Wayne Shorter (E.S.P. and Footprints) and four by Honshuku (Feather Roux; Chicken Don; Door 8 and Wood Row) are given original treatments all highly melodic and, at times, quite lyrical. Honshuku excels on flute, alto flute, piccolo and that strange beast the Electronic Wind Instrument. He studied with George Russell and works around that late great theorist's Lydian Chromatic Concept one of the few to capture fully the nuances of that conception. Front-line partner and fellow Japanese musician Ikeda is an exceptionally fluent player bringing a Grappelli-like elegance to her playing albeit with a more contemporary approach. The Brazilians bring their own native grooves to the table and, in doing so, prove that there's more to their music than mere bossa nova. Andrade's nylon strung guitar playing adds to solo credits with some impressive playing. Former David sideman Liebman makes his presence felt on three tracks ensuring that the spirit of Miles is never far away.
Lance

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