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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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 04, 2013

CD Review:Esben Brandt Kvartet - Silence and Sound.

Esben Brandt (gtr); Fredrik Ljungkvist (ten/clt); Cesar Joaniquet (ten); Peedu Kass (bs); Christian Windfeld (dms)
Like so much Nordic jazz, this CD is a deep, dark probing affair. Only occasionally is there a glimmer of light or jollity - intensity is the keyword here. Having said that, the album is not without charm. How could it be otherwise with such a talented group of players?
Esben released the album to coincide with his graduation as a Master of Music from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sibelius Academy in Finland and the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen. However, it all began at the Berklee affiliated Newpark Music Centre in Dublin where he studied for four years graduating with honours.
With such a pedigree behind him, apart from his not inconsiderable skills as a guitarist, it is little surprise that he has immense arranging and compositional skills which are well displayed throughout.
Another giant is Swedish saxophonist Ljungkvist who is in there at the epicentre of the storm when the elements collide. He slugs it out, trading blows with Joaniquet. The pet shop may not be on fire but the central heating is on max.
A disc that shows that beauty and aggression can live side by side.
Esben Brandt Kvartet, Silence and Sound, is available on all the big net portals - itunes, Amazon, Spotify etc.
Lance.

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