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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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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Adam Bishop Quartet at The Cluny

Four musicians of undoubted ability, indeed I would go so far as to say that Jim Hart is probably the best vibes player currently around. Despite that, I couldn't really get into the band as a whole - sum of the parts and all that jazz.
Perhaps the trouble lay in the original material. Nothing wrong with original compositions if they are pieces you can latch onto without too much effort. Tonight, the latching on to was difficult. Maybe part of me was longing to be outside enjoying the rare summer's evening whilst sipping Ouzo on the Ouseburn. Whatever, I found my concentration drifting when Hart wasn't soloing even though Aussie Adam did have some good moments and the rhythm section of Larry Bartley (bs) and Shaney Forbes (dms) were as free or as tight as the music decreed.
Disappointing but I'm sure the fault was as much mine as theirs.
Earlier, a short set by the Paul Edis Trio consisted of three "originals" written by Paul that were easier to come to terms with; possibly because I'm more familiar with his work or perhaps it was because he was on first. Someone sitting in my company said wistfully during the second set by the headliners - "Oh for just one standard."
Not entirely my sentiments, but I knew how he felt.

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