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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.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

CD Review: Christopher Hollyday - Telepathy

Christopher Hollyday (alto); Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet); Joshua White (piano); Rob Thorsen (bass); Tyler Kreutel (drums).
(Review by Lance).
If this had been released a couple of days earlier it would have walked the 'October Choices' as it is it looks sure to be in the frame for the November Handicap - have a chat with Mr. Ladbroke.
You've guessed it - this is out and out bebop! and I'll happily file it alongside my Parker's and Dizzy's and, dare I say it? probably return to it more than the old Dial's and Savoys - that's how good it is.

Hollyday, a precocious talent, was holding his own in Boston alongside cats such as Wynton Marsalis and Marcus Roberts before he was 21! In 1996 he relocated to San Diego where, for 20 years or so, he has worked as an educator (that's a teacher in old money) leading a big band and passing on his wisdom.
If only 50% of that wisdom rubs off then San Diego is the next jazz capital of the world!
Stupendous (very app.) alto playing, he soars birdlike through the changes incorporating them without cloning, adapting them to his own masterly technique. Suddenly, bebop is now!
Castellanos is the perfect sidekick. If Bird had had this guy instead of the embryo Miles - wow! if only. A rhythm section that benefits from today's recording facilities make this the album to die for.
It's near perfect.
What! Only near perfect?
Hollyday quotes Stranger in Paradise thrice too often and I'm not over-enamoured of the head arrangement of Everything Happens to Me although the solos more than compensate for it. Apart from that - if you like modern bebop then look no further.
Lance.
One of Another Kind (Freddie Hubbard); Hallucinations (Bud Powell); Everything Happens to Me; Autumn in New York (beautiful solo feature for Hollyday); I've Got the World on a String; Segment (Charlie Parker).

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