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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 08, 2018

CD Review: Kandace Springs - Indigo.

(Review by Steve T).
Saw her at the London Jazz Festival a couple of years ago and no doubt some Bebop Spoken Here readers will have seen her support Gregory Porter at Sage Gateshead the time before last. 
She's great: charismatic, beautiful (her band-mates are handsome), good singer, good pianist, and her debut was solid, with a fine original in Novocaine Heart and a strong version of the War classic The World is a Ghetto, (though it isn't as good as either of their versions or Benson's definitive take on it), so her follow-up is a big disappointment.

The opening track is called Don't Need the Real Thing, but I think she'll find she does. The song sounds like Michael Jackson, while the next track - Breakdown - sounds like it should be by Adele, and another - Love Sucks - is a ringer for Amy Winehouse. Furthermore, her cover of First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, while a highlight of her live set, brings nothing to the classic Roberta Flack take.

Had it not featured a version of People Make the World go Round, it would have likely languished in my basket until her next northeast visit, but this isn't as good as Angela Bofill's Latin/jazz version of the late seventies or even the Stylistics' original.
Pieces of Me offers the only sign of redemption but it is hardly remarkable.

A female singer on Blue Note with an ear for soul should be a given for me, so I'm hoping this can be put down to the difficult second album and hope she realises it does need to be the real thing in time for her third.  
Steve T.

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