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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 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.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Rachael Cohen Quartet @ The Bridge, Newcastle Oct. 13










Rachael Cohen (alt); Tom Ford (gtr); Calum Gourlay (bs); James Bashford (dms).
(Review by Lance. Photos by Ken Drew.)
The disappointment guitar buffs may have felt at the replacement of Phil Robson by Tom Ford was swept away within 32 bars! Young Ford is a comer and his solos were as good as anything I've heard from most guitarists lately. Watch out for this guy.Brilliant as Ford was - and he was - nothing could detract from Rachael Cohen's alto playing.
A tone that, even unmiked, is absolutely beautiful. Imagine Johnny Hodges in one of his less effusive moments coupled with say Ernie Watt's contemporary approach and you've got the idea. The gal played an Ornette Coleman number that shred Ornette's wild aggression and made the piece her lyrical own.
Monk's Ask Me Now, reworked as Ask Me Later, was a wing ding! No flurry of fingers covering a paucity of ideas with technique but a genuine exposition of my favourite Monk ballad. Ask Me Now? Ask Me Later? Played like this -  Ask Me Any Time
Calum Gourlay is a bassist to enhance any band and he did just that. James Bashford - what a name for a drummer! He ultimately proved more subtle than his name implied. playing cross rhythms that worked in a contrapuntal manner with what the others were doing - almost like a fugue. He also laid down the beat when needed.
This may have been the shortest ever Splinter gig but, on a quantity/quality ratio, it has to be pretty high on the best gigs list.
Lance.


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