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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.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

CD Review: Bokani Dyer - World Music.

Bokani Dyer (pno/keys/synth); Shane Cooper (bs); Marion Witbool (dms); Buddy Wells (ten); Justin Bellairs (alt); Robin Fassie-Kock (tpt); Sakhile Moleshe, Lee-Ann Fortuin (vcls); John Hassan (perc/vcls).
(Review by Lance).
Botswana born, South African based pianist, Dyer encompasses the many moods of expression that have embraced and influenced him. From Bach to Soul, from Ellington to Mbira music justifying the somewhat ambiguous album title of World Music.
The compositions are Dyer's (Outro in conjunction with Moleshe) and display fully the breadth of his imagination. Sometimes it's foot tapping township (Vuvuzela), funereal (Waiting, Falling), pensive (Reflection), synthesised (Transit), lyrical (The Artist), emotive (Interlude - See my People Through), probing (Recess), swingy (Keynote), majestic (Master of Ceremony), compelling (Motho Wa Modimo),
Dyer's piano is always well featured with meaningful solo lines  and strong chording behind the horn solos. African Piano - Water, sounds like Dyer's playing a thumb piano. Maybe he is! The horns acquit themselves admirably. Pithy angular solos inspired as much by New York as by Jo'burg.
To reiterate, an album of much variety which is both it's strength and it's weakness. Every track didn't knock me out but, in fairness, most of them were impressive or at least worth hearing.
Lance.

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