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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, July 30, 2018

CD (EP) review: George Winstone - Outer Spaces

George Winstone (alto sax/composer); Charlie Stacey (piano); Mikeli Montolli (bass); Jamie Murray (drums).
(Review by Lance).
In an idiom where identity has almost become  set in stone (or should that be vinyl?), it comes as somewhat of a surprise to find someone whose style isn't Parker or Pepper, Coleman or Cannonball, Desmond or Dolphy but a player who has incorporated many of those latterday saints into his approach whilst still forging his own identity. Winstone has managed this.
This, however, is a two-edged sword.
The altoist/composer's lyricism is quite beautiful, a floating, ephemeral, sound that drifts like a cloud. Listen to Blues For Chloe. I don't know who Chloe is or was but I need to find out - anyone who hears it will want to know.
On the downside, his licks on the uptempo numbers sound, seemingly, similar. He unleashes them with such rapidity - no denying his technique - that I couldn't help feeling he'd already done that!
The clipped, almost staccato-like phrasing which, to me, is his signature dish, is impressive but, should Winstone move up to a bigger stage, he could become typecast.
In the meantime, just enjoy some original and melodic alto playing.
Not that this is a one-man show. Stacey's piano is on a par and, with the input from Montolli and Murray, it would be difficult to improve upon.
Lance.

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