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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.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Jazz Today - Operation Jam Session

Continuing into my alphabetical delve amongst my 10" LPs, we move on to B and Kenny Baker and another piece of treasured vinyl.
I was doing National Service (ask your grandad) in the RAF when I first heard it. I can't remember if I bought it, swapped it, or stole it from its original owner but It grabbed me on first hearing. I think I may have done some kind of deal with Dave Yeldham from Sheffield. If you're out there Dave, refresh my memory!

Operation Jam Session, from 1955 has Baker - the Kenny Baker, trumpet virtuoso, - leading the ballad medley to end all ballad medleys.
Jimmy Skidmore's On the Alamo reminds those of us old enough to remember just what a lyrical tenor player he was. Cedric West takes over for What's New? and again, few guitarists on either side of the Atlantic could match this. Keith Christie blows a Dickensian take on Makin' Whoopee before Dill Jones comes in with How Long Has This Been Going on? Harry Klein - the number one British baritone player before Ross and Surman came along - plays Sweet and Lovely and he does just that!
All great stuff but the feeling is that this is just the build-up - the cheerleaders warming up the crowd. Sure enough, right on cue, we have the arrival of the Guvner - Kenny Baker! The trumpet maestro lets it all hang out - swing era trumpet playing at it's best - no wonder the Harry James estate in America asked him to front a tribute band to Mr. Grable which he declined although if Betty had still been around, who knows!
The flipside (God how dated is my terminology!) has 3 alto saxes in the mix - Bruce Turner, Joe Harriott and Bertie King and I doubt if you could have found 3 better alto players to do the session at that moment in time.
To quote Count Basie when asked his definition of swing "Four beats to the bar and no cheating!"
There was no cheating here.
Lance.

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