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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.

Monday, November 26, 2018

CD Review: Pleasure Mad - Live recordings from Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party 2017

(Review by Lance)
Bebop most certainly wasn't spoken at the Classic Jazz Party 2017 (nor this year or any of the previous years either!) However, that doesn't mean that the music, despite its antiquity, isn't worth checking out. Good jazz, like good classical music, is timeless and the CJP is living proof of that.

Each year the party has (plus or minus) the same core of musicians from America, Europe, and the UK corralled into various themes by Keith Nichols and his team.

In 2017 those themes encompassed early King Oliver; Willie the Lion Smith; 1927 Ellington; Fletcher Henderson; Luis Russell; Jabbo Smith; Benny Moten; ODJB and other names that flourished between the two world wars. The most amazing thing is how authentic these live sessions sound. Using many original arrangements, including some note for note solos, the feeling is that Dizzy and Bird never happened!

Having said that, reading one of Russell's BSH reviews of the actual event I note that saxist Jean-Francois Bonnel played a set that included pieces by Ornette Coleman, Kenny Barron and Monk which aren't included on this double CD. 
Jean-Francois wasn't present the following year!

An essential purchase for anyone who attended in 2017 - or indeed in any other year since it was created in 1990 by the late Mike Durham (whose name lives on).
And, if you've never experienced a CJP, a hint at what you're missing!
Lance.

Collective personnel: 
Trumpets: Mike Davis; Andy Schumm; Duke Heitger; Jamie Brownfield; Malo Mazurié.
Trombones: Kristoffer Kompen; Graham Hughes; Jim Fryer.
Reeds: Michael McQuaid; Richard Exall; Matthias Seuffert; Claus Jacobi; Ewan Bleach; Lars Frank; Jean-Francois Bonnel.
Pianists: David Boeddinghaus; Martin Litton; Keith Nichols; Morten Gunnar Larsen.
Banjo/Guitar: Martin Wheatley; Peter Beyerer; Spats Langham; Jacob Ulberger.
Bass/Tuba: Malcolm Sked; Henry Lemaire; Phil Rutherford; Richard Pite; Elise Sut.
Drums: Josh Duffee; Nick Ball; Richard Pite.
Violin: Emma Fisk.
Vocals: Nicolle Rochelle; Joan Viskant; Spats Langham.

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