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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.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

CD Review: Enrico Pieranunzi & Thomas Fonnesbæk - Blue Waltz.

Enrico Pieranunzi (piano); Thomas Fonnesbæk (bass).
(Review by Lance).
So much happening jazz-wise in the northeast these days that the CDs are once more piling up. So, if you have sent me a bumper bundle, please be patient and change your name to Job. Chances are I'll not even listen to them. Such is the volume of recorded material I'm being sent that it's likely that 90% of it will end up in the garage and, if you want the address of my garage I'll happily provide it along with a crowbar.
However, one album which won't end up in the garage, other than on the car stereo is this one. Steal the car if you must but please leave the CD behind.
Recorded live in Gustav's Restaurant in Copenhagen, Blue Waltz is a superb example of the piano/bass duo format. The Italian pianist and the Danish bassist have certainly absorbed the maxim that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing,  but, not that swing - I mean the swing of today. Melodic and lyrical, and meaningful. These guys don't need to burn the pet shop down to get their message across. They do it with sensitivity and sheer musicality and, to reiterate, their own brand of swing.
Apart from the opener, Cole Porter's Everything I Love and Kern's All the Things You Are, the pianist composed seven of the other eight numbers with the bassist chipping in with one of his own.
How I wish I'd been in Copenhagen on July 14/15 last year when these were recorded. Still, the concert would have been a one-off whereas I now have it for posterity. I could always buy some smørrebrød at the deli, a can or two of Carlsberg at the off-licence and enjoy what is probably the best duo in the world. 
My virtual recreation of the concert would then be complete.
Lance.
Available on the Stunt label, cat. no. STUCD18012 and distributed in the UK by Discovery.
Teaser.

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