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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.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Zoë Gilby and Andy Champion @ Sage Gateshead – May 8


Zoë Gilby (voice); Andy Champion (bass)
(Review by Chris Kilsby)

The local voice and double bass duo had secured the support slot at Sage 2, and their enthusiasm and pleasure at getting the gig shone through immediately.  

I had never seen the duo play live, and was as taken by the agile and thoughtful vocal style as by the intensity and variation they sustained throughout - and all this from such a minimal duo format!   Zoë Gilby took charge from the off, regaling us with tales of the origin and influences of the music. The latest source of inspiration is their “Vinyl Club”, scouring local record shops for old gems for as little as £1!  They certainly found some gems to work with here - following Sheila Jordan’s advice to take risks with the material paid off handsomely.

The set consisted of a varied and challenging range of covers, but they started with a safe “banker” - Pink Floyd’s stalwart Money. This was, however, sung in jaunty, fresh style, propelled by the powerful, singing bass line.   This was followed by Knight Moves (Suzanne Vega) and a subtly beautiful Kashka from Baghdad (Kate Bush), where I have to say I preferred Zoë’s delivery to that of the original chanteuse!

Straight, No Chaser (Monk) was the only conventional jazz number and was carried off with great aplomb, complete with scat and an awesome extended bass solo, exploring every facet of the tune.

The set was rounded off by a new number for the duo - the revered River Man (Nick Drake). The melancholy, mystic soul was so well captured here that an awed hush settled around Sage 2 as the last bass notes reverberated before heartfelt applause flooded the silence.  I wonder how many of the audience shared the shivers up my spine?

Support slots might be viewed as an appetizer before the “main meal”, but not only was this set appetizing, it was a meal in itself!
Chris

1 comment :

George said...

River Man - I heard them play it a while back ; your piece evokes echos, gazing into the mist on the water that they capture so beautifully.

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