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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, March 08, 2013

CD Review: Aquarium - Places.


Sam Leak (pno); James Allsopp (ten/bs.clt);  Calum Gourley (bs); Joshua Blackmore (dms).
(Review by Russell)
Pianist Sam Leak presents eight compositions on Places the new release from Aquarium on  Jellymould  Jazz. A quartet variously comprising graduates of the Royal Academy of Music and multi-award winning musicians on the UK scene,  Leak has clearly written for the musicians on this recording.
Reeds virtuoso James Allsopp is afforded generous solo space on tenor saxophone and the occasional bass clarinet excursion (hearing Allsopp in concert on the latter instrument was a truly memorable experience). Tenor and piano flow effortlessly on the title track, in contrast to the coiled intensity of the post-Coltrane Milan on which Allsopp’s measured phrasing is challenged by Leak’s dark chord progressions.
The quartet’s accomplished ensemble playing is showcased on the dazzling up tempo Scribbles and Scrawls as drummer Joshua Blackmore and bassist Calum Gourlay chart the band in one direction before pulling it in another drawing an instantaneous response from Leak and Allsopp. Catherine Grove (one of the inspired ‘places’) features further sparkling playing as Leak’s clarity of thought constructs an impressive solo.
There is a bonus track - a live recording of Milan at the 2011 London Jazz Festival - offering a compare and contrast exercise between studio and on location recordings. Places is released on Monday 11 March. The CD launch gig is at the Vortex, London on 30 May. Aquarium can be heard this Sunday (10 March) at the Pizza Express, Dean Street, London and throughout the country through to September and beyond.
Places is available on Jellymould Jazz (JM-JJ010). Recommended.
Russell.                                              

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