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Jeff Lindberg: "You can have innovative new music and you can play music of the masters. They're not going to cancel each other out" - (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 Friday May 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Dave Kelly & Christine Collister - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA . Tel: 03000 266 600. 8:00pm. £18.00.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

Groove-a-matics - Lindisfarne Club, West St., Wallsend NE28 8LG. Tel: 0191 262 4258. 9:00pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, January 04, 2019

CD Review: Florian Weber – Lucent Nights

Ralph Alessi (trumpet); Florian Weber (piano); Linda May Han Oh (double bass); Nasheet Waits (drums).
(Review by Steve H).

German-born Weber’s second release for ECM. A thoughtful contemplative piece of work, the classically trained pianist/composer has assembled a superb quartet where each member seems to fit in perfectly with the mood and pace of the leader's compositions.

Beginning with a haunting solo piano piece, Brilliant Waters, much of the playing has a dreamy floaty feel to it. However, towards the end of the album, things liven up a bit with Time Horizon and Fragile Cocoon. Just in case we were about to throw caution to the wind the album concludes with a Satie like piece Schimmelreiter. 


Alessi is used sparingly, appearing on only half of the tracks. On From Cousteau’s Point of  View and Butterfly Effect, he has a lovely crisp piecing sound.  

Ho’s double bass playing is ever so subtle her solos have a habit of catching one’s attention both unexpectedly and rewardingly. Waits is simply a master drummer who seems to perfectly emphasise the mood swings of the music. Not an album that will have you tapping and singing along to in the living room but it has a gentle and calming quality which, when in the right mood, will provide a warm and comforting listen.
Steve H.

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