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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 Thursday May 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Elina Duni + Trio FCT - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. & £8.00.

Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Friday, March 01, 2019

CD Review: Nick Grinder - Farallon

Nick Grinder (trombone); Ethan Helm (saxophone); Juanma Trujillo (guitar); Walter Stinson (bass); Matt Honor (drums) 
(Review by Russell)

Nick Grinder grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and began playing professionally whilst still at school. In pursuit of a master's degree the trombonist relocated to New York from where he has released his second album as a leader. The record label's name - Outside in Music - perhaps gives an indication of where Grinder's quintet is coming from/heading to. 

The opening bars of New and Happy definitely has one foot in the Jimmy Giuffre-Paul Desmond school yet, as the music develops, the quintet steps outside, takes a look inside and comes up with its own credible, cohesive sound. Inaction is a commentary on one of America's most pressing issues and the politicians' inadequate response to it. Grinder's composition is a lament for Trayvon Martin. Deciduous spotlights Ethan Helm's agile alto saxophone work in an extended, improvisatory section picked up first by Grinder surrounded by guitarist Juanma Trujillo's haunting, off-shore soundings with bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Matt Honor contributing with the utmost sensitivity throughout.   

The title track - Farallon - references a group of islands several miles out to sea from Grinder's childhood Californian home. Visible, yet tantalisingly out of reach, the Farallon Islands (home to bird colonies and a few biologists) have long held a fascination for the bandleader and the album's sixty two minutes playing time charts a carefree, free-as-a-bird state of mind lovingly crafting nine tracks in total, all written by Grinder except for the closing cut - Monk's Reflections. This Outside In Music release is a fine album offering something new on each hearing, a sure sign that Farallon is up there with the best new albums of 2019. Recommended.                         
Russell
Nick Grinder - Farallon is available from Outside in Music (OIM 1907). 

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