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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.

Friday, March 04, 2016

CD Review: Tommaso Starace/Michele Di Toro - From a Distant Past

Tommaso Starace (alto/sop); Michele Di Toro (pno).
(Review by Lance).
Those of us who recall, with pleasure, Starace and Di Toro playing a JNE quartet gig at the Chilli a few years back will have fond memories of these two outstanding players, a memory enhanced by this duo recording. Make no mistake, these are a couple of musicians at the top of their game and able to incorporate history - not just jazz history, but world history - into an intricate pattern where genre meets genre with the end result being a product that could be labelled with like accuracy under Classical or Contemporary or whatever name you choose!
Most of the pieces are by Starace although Di Toro also chips in with a couple. Like Ellington and Strayhorn, Starace and Di Toro are joined at the hip - and I use the word [hip] advisedly. Listen to The Court Jester and you'll see why! 
Starace's as hot as Rome in summer on alto, and as cool as Alaska in winter on soprano. Di Toro provides the spring and the autumn, 
A duo for all seasons but, most of all for now! 
Lance.
Available on Universal.

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