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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).


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



Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.



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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Variety isn't always the spice of life. Jo Wallfisch Band @ the Spice of Life

Jo Wallfisch (vcl); Jim Hart (vbs); Masa Kamaguchi (bs); Rob Garcia (dms).
I love "The Spice" as is well known. However, last night wasn't the best of nights at the Cambridge Circus jazz cellar.
Normally, Pal Joey (Paul Pace) sets the ball rolling followed by a set from the second banana, then the "wannabees" take over finishing with the headline act.
Not tonight.
Don't get me wrong, Jo Wallfisch has a good voice and she uses it well her scat singing is particularly effective and,  backed by the above musicians, she couldn't go wrong. The lady is also a talented songwriter as her 90% self-penned material proved but, good as they were I longed for something a little more familiar to hang my hat on.
Having said that, Jo was still impressive, Jim Hart, for me, is the worlds number one vibist, Noah Preminger blew fine post Gertzian tenor and bassist Masa Kamaguchi excelled throughout - never less than in the bass/vocal duo number I Could Tell You. Rob Garcia too was a force to be reckoned with on drums.
An excellent evening that didn't quite cut it for me.

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