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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, October 07, 2012

CD Review: Kaylé Brecher - Spirals and Lines.


Kaylé Brecher: vocals, percussion; Jimmy Parker: sousaphone; Stan Slotter: flugelhorn & trumpet; David Dzubinski: piano; Frank Butrey: electric and acoustic guitars; George Rabbai: trumpet; Tony DeSantis: trumpet; Fred Scott: trombone; Jarred Antonacci: bass trombone; George Barnett: french horn; Mike Jarosz: flugelhorn; Grant MacAvoy: drums; Erik Johnson; drums.
(Review by Lance)
Kaylé Brecher (a.k.a. Kay-La Brecker) is a new name to me - in fact two new names - but, as Brecher, an interesting one, not only for her evocative vocal style but also as a composer, arranger and, on a couple of tracks, percussionist. A native New Yorker who, as a very young teen began singing the blues in Greenwich Village clubs, Brecher played and paid her dues supporting artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz, Red Rodney and many other 'names'. 
Now based in Philadelphia, Kaylé has assembled some of that city's finest for a difficult to classify, but nevertheless enjoyable,  album. 
The line-up is along the lines of a contemporary New Orleans Marching Band with a Mingus, Ellington, Gil Evans feel to it and they handle the singer's arrangements effectively.
As well as her own compositions, there's an unusually laid back version of the old civil war song When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Yip Harburg's Crosby classic, Brother Can You Spare a Dime, Mingus' Noddin' Ya Head Blues and the Sinatra number, The House I Live In.
Although there are no reed instruments there are solo opportunities for guitar, trumpet and - a tower of strength throughout - sousaphonist Jimmy Parker.
As for the leader, her distinctive voice is the icing on a cake cooked from a very good recipe book.
Check it out.
Kaylé Brecher - Spirals and Lines; Penchant Four Records. Street date Oct. 30, 2012.
Lance.


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