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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 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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

45rpm Review: Detroit Bop Quintet - Two Birds

Dwight Adams (trumpet); Pete Mills (alto); Rick Roe (piano); Paul Keller (bass); Nate Winn (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Back in 1947, on December 21, the Charlie Parker Quintet went into the United Sound Systems in Detroit and recorded four tracks: Another Hair-do; Bluebird; Klaunstance & Bird Gets the Worm.
The quintet was in Detroit backing Sarah Vaughan at a local nightclub and, with a recording strike imminent, Savoy got the band into the nearest studio to beat the deadline. The tracks recorded that day by Bird, Miles, Duke Jordan Tommy Potter and Max Roach, in years to come, became legendary.
Another Hair-do and Bluebird were released as a single 78rpm on Savoy 961.
Jump forward 70 years during which time United Sound Systems had recorded many more famous names - John Lee Hooker, Jackie Wilson, Bob Seeger, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and Red Hot Chilli Peppers to mention but some.
They also recorded the Detroit Bop Quintet who recreated Savoy 961 - this time on a two-sided 45rpm disc (although my review copy is actually in CD format).
I'm unsure why! Don't get me wrong. Five very good musicians totally versed in the idiom who pay as a good a tribute to the masters as anyone could.
A tribute that actually does stand up well alongside the originals and, who knows? If I'd heard the Detroit Bop Quintet first...
Also, in this day and age, two tracks are hardly going to excite you like they would in 1947 before the advent of the LP. Perhaps if they'd recorded all four tracks from the session it may have been more appealing.
Having said all that, they're still two excellent sides.
Lance
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