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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.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

CD Review: Cloudmakers Five - Traveling Pulse

Jim Hart (vibraphone); Michael Janisch (double bass); Dave Smith (drums); Antonin-Tri Hoang (alto saxophone, clarinet) & Hannes Riepler (guitar).
(Review by Russell)
Cloudmakers Five is vibraphonist Jim Hart’s regular trio line-up augmented by Antonin-Tri Hoang playing alto saxophone and clarinet and Hannes Riepler, guitar. Recorded live at the Vortex over two nights in March of last year Traveling Pulse, with a total running time of 55:40, comprises six tracks and throughout there is an air of restraint with episodic, tangible excitement. One such break out section features a drum solo by Dave Smith which develops into a bout of free-ish playing from Hoang with leader Hart in the mood to improvise over Smith’s by now motoring rhythms on the CD’s fourth track The Road (For Ed).
Jim Hart has referred to the album ‘picking you up on a conveyor belt of rhythm and taking you off on an Escher-like journey somewhere’ and there is no better example of this than the penultimate track The Exchange with its rollercoaster journey to nowhere. The Austrian-born, London-resident guitarist Riepler soars high above his bandmates’ secure foundation on the final number which is dedicated to the late John Taylor, Cycle Song (for J.T).
Russell 
Traveling Pulse by Cloudmakers Five is available now on Whirlwind Recordings (WR4719).

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