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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.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

CD Review: Andrew Bain - Embodied Hope.

Andrew Bain (drums); George Colligan (piano); John Irabagon (tenor); Michael Janisch (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Sometimes, reading the blurb of an album can fill you full of enthusiasm for the disc, which of course is the whole idea, only to find yourself disappointed after you've cranked up the machine. Conversely, reading the notes can also act as a deterrent. For me, such was the case here.  A concept which seeks to link improvisation with the increasingly topical issues of human rights didn't get me over excited and it was only after one of those nice chaps at Whirlwind suggested I might actually like it that, with some trepidation,  I duly listened. That trepidation was soon cast aside as the record began spinning.
This could have been Herbie Hancock on Blue Note. Funky piano, paint-stripping tenor from Irabagon, sound bass (as ever) from Janisch and amazing drumming from Andrew Bain who also composed all 8 tracks of what he describes as an episodic suite.
Four men converging on a central point via different routes. Colligan maybe takes the scenic route in an old but much cherished Morris Minor, Janisch walks at a leisurely pace as bassmen do. Irabagon storms down the M6 leaving a trail of carnage behind him whilst Bain drives a bulldozer with a Formula One engine.
They all arrive on time.
Lance.
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2 comments :

S Tulip said...

Incidentally, a tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire and host of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival Jam Sessions at some posh hotel where you can mix with Soweto Kinch, Gregory Porter and the like.

Russell said...

'Faces'Bain played a brilliant gig with Paul Booth at the Corner House a few years ago.

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