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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, July 05, 2017

Jamie Brownfield Quartet @ Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - July 2

Jamie Brownfield; (trumpet); Tom Kincaid (piano); Ken Marley (double bass); Jack Cotterill (drums).
(Review by Annie O’Donnell)
Night Train opens set with a snazzy piano/bass intro.  They mean business / Jamie looks like a slick detective, in fact they all look like detectives...on a film set...
Literally, a Walking Bass Line as Ken walks with it to get comfy... 
he is strong and steady.
slaps out a happy bass melody in his solo
Ken's style reminds me of a Detective Sergeant I worked with. 
Jaggy jumpy piano.
Where Or When is played. It’s from film When Harry Met Sally
Ken plays a slow smooch smooth sexy bass line
Tender slow piano interweaving with Jamie's trumpet.
Ken's Bass is singing like a lover and he is dancing with it
I am reminded of the legend
As he slides his hand up and down the frets so lovingly.
His solo is a song, not a chord progression on a fast tight race 
It is a joy to hear and to see...there are not many bass players
who know how to do this with a double bass
and this is why he reminds me of Ron Mathewson..
Ken Loves His Bass
and his bass loves him back.

Softly As In a Morning Sunrise 
Satchmo comes to mind..
Jamie  has the most wonderful breath control
so smooth ...
an unexpected fan crawls along the grass to get closer
an orange and brown butterfly who suddenly
disappears in the afternoon sunshine...
Jack is a tight sensitive drummer with
an ear to hear when to augment and diminish
his sound...he is not intrusive but 
you know he is there..'

Do Nothing ‘til You Hear From Me is perfect.

Jamie's rendition, Chet Baker style, of My Funny Valentine
Big Bass BAP BAP Heart sound
Tinkling Piano
so beautiful
touched me so much
I wrote a lyric for a new song
I'm collaborating on
so what more praise can I give?*
Annie O' Donnell  
*Jamie and his fellow musicians opened
my heart to pour out my emotion
when the song is finished 
I will send it to Bebop


1 comment :

Patti D (on F/b) said...

A great review - and I'm thrilled that we have Jamie playing for us at the Mike Durham's Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party in October!

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