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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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

CD Review: Nancy Kelly - B That Way.

Nancy Kelly (vcl); Dino Losito (B3); Jerry Weldon (ten); Peter Bernstein (gtr); Carmen Intorre (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Yet another vocalist! They sprout overnight like mushrooms - on both sides of The Pond. 
The Huffington Post describes mushrooms as: ...They can even be magical. They have the ability to add a depth of flavour to our dishes that is otherwise unattainable.
Ms Kelly is just such a delicacy - perhaps a Chanterelle (fruity and peppery) - and she certainly makes her mark on this, her long awaited 5th CD and her first with the B3 line-up.
B That Way is one of those discs that grab you from track one (Come Back to Me). Voice, Hammond B3, tenor, guitar and drums groovin' as one.
Kelly can handle a song as good as anyone. She does it with feeling without being over dramatic. The pitching is spot on even when making the occasional swoop up into the rafters and she exudes warmth on poignant ballads such as Don't Explain, Don't Worry 'Bout me and Don't Go To Strangers. Billie's Bounce (inexplicably called Billy's Bounce on the sleeve) moves at a fair lick, as befits a bebop classic, and Kelly handles the Jon Hendricks' lyric with ease bringing to mind Annie Ross' Twisted.
Losito treats the B3 intelligently and with restraint albeit without any lack of swing. A name to reckon with. Weldon blows lyrical, straight down the middle tenor - a joy to hear in these days of extremism. Likewise Bernstein makes every note count and Intorre keeps the ship afloat and on course. One of the numbers that really hits the spot is Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone.
An impossible request! I'm going to be talking about Nancy Kelly long term!
Lance.
Available on BlueBay Records.

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