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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 Monday May 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

CD Review: Patchwork Jazz Orchestra - The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes

(Review by Lance)

There are big band albums and there are BIG BAND ALBUMS! this one comes into the latter category although don't expect to find Glenn Miller emerging from the English Channel covered in seaweed! No, this is very much a large ensemble meeting the standard of today's contemporary players. However, don't get me wrong, this is no pet shop fire group and yet, nor is it a swing band. It's a band that swings to today's rhythm, the pulse of life whether it be to the office or the job centre is totally encapsulated.

Kenton, Gil Evans, Wheeler and others showed the way and these boys have found it and, maybe even widened and extended the road.

So many superb soloists that I hesitate to single them out in case I overlook someone. Nevertheless, here I go: James Copus' flugel on Barcarolle; Rob Luft throughout, his guitar playing a delight; Tom Green on trombone; the saxes - ah forget it! I don't want to analyse it, I just want to enjoy listening to it which is what I'm doing as I type. If you like the big band music of today, yesterday and tomorrow then Mr Pottercakes covers all the bases and more.
De-lightful!

And they're on tour! Watford (24/2); Cambridge (26/2); Sheffield (27/2); Leeds (28/20; London (album launch 1/3); Oxford (20/3).
Alas, once again the parade has passed us by
Lance.
Spark 007.
James Davison, Adam Chatterton, James Copus, Tom Dennis (trumpets/flugel); Kieran McLeod, Tom Green, Jamie Pamenta (trombone); Yusuf Narçin (bass trom); Matthew Herd, Sam Glaser, Alex Hitchcock, Sam Miles, Tom Smith (reeds); Liam Dunachie (piano/B3); Rob Luft (guitar); Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass); Scott Chapman (drums).

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