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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.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival: The Vitality Five - May 10


Michael McQuaid (tenor sax, clarinet, cornet, vocals); David Horniblow (bass sax, clarinet); Andrew Oliver (piano); Tom 'Spats' Langham (banjo); Nick Ball (drums)
(Review by Russell)

The Vitality Five, one of the big draws at Keswick, attracted a full house to Southey St Church for the mid-afternoon set. One change to the line-up - no Martin Wheatley, replaced by the more than capable 'Spats' Langham. The Vitality Five are self-confessed obsessives searching out rare 78s, transcribing the music (the more obscure the better!), trying to outdo one another in the obscurity stakes: Hey! Look what I found the other day!    

The Five's reedsman Michael McQuaid blazed a trail on the opener - That's A Plenty - playing clarinet and maintained the 'hot' start on Jelly Roll's Steamboat Stomp (see photo - l to r McQuaid, Nick Ball, David Horniblow). The Five's members took it in turn to introduce numbers with entertaining and informative insights, none more so than McQuaid revealing he'd recently received an email from the grandson of the New Orleans Owls' Benji White thanking him for researching and performing material from way back. The Vitality Five's collective improvisation did the Owls proud - a match for any present-day 'improvising' musician.   

Pianist Andrew Oliver and bass saxophonist David Horniblow recently embarked upon 'The Complete Morton Project' which involves learning (and recording?) something like one hundred of Jelly Roll Morton's many compositions. Here at Keswick, they played Courthouse Bump, a bass sax feature illustrating Morton's compositional ideas which evidently hold appeal for today's' improvising musicians. 

The multi-talented McQuaid switched to cornet in tribute to Red Nichols as the Five played a hot, hot, hot That's No Bargain. In terms of programme content, presentation and audience engagement the Vitality Five leave many others standing.      
Russell

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