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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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CD Review: Manhattan Brass - Manhattan Holiday

Wayne Du Maine, Lew Soloff (tpts); Michael Seltzer (tmb); David Taylor (bs tmb); R.J.Kelley or Ann Ellsworth (Fr. horn).
(Review by Lance).
Christmas isn't my favourite time of year - too much turkey, false bonhomie and hackneyed tunes. So when I unpacked this latest seasonal gift from across the sea the words "Bah Humbug" or possibly something even stronger may have passed my lips!
However, when you've got Carla Bley or Jack Walrath doing the arrangements, then you know that Santa ain't gonna get stuck in no chimney!
Most of the songs/carols here will pop up on a lot of Christmas albums that have been issued since time immemorial but I guarantee they won't sound like this. For example, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen has a distinctly Take Five feel to it.
No schmaltzy vocals, not even a drummer going "Ho! Ho! Ho!" during Jingle Bells. These are carefully crafted arrangements with the emphasis on the rich harmonies and the (mainly) trumpet solos. Lots of growling in the Ducal tradition but also some cool modern solos and clever intertwining lines.
It's not a Christmas party record but rather one to relax with after the guests have gone, you've swept up the broken glass, pacified the neighbours, pledged a contribution to a police charity and let it all hang out under the mistletoe. I'll rephrase that last sentence. A time to unwind and enjoy the music and whatever food and drink the departed "friends" have left you..
Lance.

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