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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.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

CD Review: Tom Syson - Different Coloured Days

Tom Syson (trumpet); Tom Barford (tenor sax); David Ferris (piano/B3); Pete Hutchison (bass); Jonathon Silk (drums)
(Review by Lance)

In his hilarious 1965 autobiography Owning Up, George Melly described Birmingham as 'The arsehole of England'. Well, it may have been true then but, from a jazz point of view, things have changed very much for the better.

The city's Conservatoire can, these days, hold its own with Leeds, Guildhall, Manchester and, to use boxing parlance, on a pound for pound basis, even Berklee! Strong words I know and as I've only ever visited our 'Second City' once I don't have any sentimental attachment, particularly as by West Brom losing to Derby County they denied 'Boro a play-off place!


No, the proof of the pudding is in the listening and this is a very good 'pudding' indeed with 3 of the 5 having Brum affiliations if not accents.

The music? the essence is today's contemporary sounds - solos that float, drums that add to the music rather than merely keeping time whilst, at the same time, keeping time if you follow me!

All the compositions and arrangements are by Tyson. The soloists probe and explore, building castles in the air whilst retaining a firm, yet pliable foundation. Painting musical portraits. Near Death on the A90 suggests an out of body experience - perhaps Silk's drums are the heartbeat bringing it back from the brink. Alternatively, it could just be a helluva good drum solo!

Tyson and Barford complement each other, Ferris impresses, Hutchison moves in and around the spaces as does Silk.

Well worth checking out - available May 10 with launch @ Vortex on May 15..
Lance.

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