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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.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

CD Review: National Youth Jazz Orchestra - NYJO FIFTY

A gem! Surely the big band album of the year! Over the years (50 of them!) NYJO has spawned a host of the UK's most outstanding jazz artists - four of them guest on this half-centennial celebration and they are walking/blowing adverts for their alma mater. However, we already know the skills of Rahman, Siegel, Nightingale and Lochrane and, whilst it's always good to hear then in whatever the setting, the ace in the hole here is in spotting the stars of the future and, take my word for it, there's a whole galaxy of them!
Sam Glaser's work out on A Foggy Day singles him out as an alto man to watch although fellow altoist Jim Gold makes him go the distance in their alto joust on Matt Wates' Never the Twain.
More musicuffs on Chris Smith's Going Dutch where Healey and Ridout lock tenors. I can't give a decision as I don't know who went first suffice to say that if it had been a fist fight there'd have been plenty blood around!
Neither of the trombone soloists top Nightingale's feature on Jerome Kern's Bill but, after hearing Dunnett and Dawson, he's probably looking over his shoulder!
Then there's Jessica Radcliffe! What a discovery! Finding My Feet, composed by NYJO's first md Bill Ashton OBE is one of those beautiful songs that bring to mind Alice Faye in a '30s Hollywood musical . It has that feel, but Jessica's voice and Paul Hart's arrangement aren't at all dated.
It's a double CD and space prevents me highlighting everything so, take my word, every track's a highlight!
It was released on Friday Nov. 13 on Whirlwind Recordings WR4679. (Samples).
Lance.
Mark Armstrong - Musical Director
Rosie Stano (flute), Jim Gold, Sam Glaser (alto sax, clarinet), David Healey, Tom Ridout (tenor sax, clarinet), Jessamy Holder (bari sax, flute, clarinet), Alex Chadwick (bari sax);
James Davison, Tom Dennis, James Copus, Tom Gardner, Alistair Martin, Matthew Yardley, Jake Labazzi  (trumpet, flugelhorn); Anna Drysdale, Eddie Morgan (French horn);
Tom Dunnett, Owen Dawson, Chris Valentine, Maddie Dowdeswell, Chris Saunders, Jasper Rose (trombone); James Buckle (bass trombone); Rupert Cox (piano); Rob Luft, Nick Fitch (guitar); Joe Downard (bass); David Dyson (drums); Max Mills (percussion); Jessica Radcliffe (voice).​
GUEST ARTISTS​
Zoe Rahman - piano (Red Squirrel); Julian Siegel - tenor sax (Mama Badgers); Mark Nightingale - trombone (Bill); Gareth Lockrane - flute (Rush Hour).

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