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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.

Friday, March 01, 2019

CD Review: Nick Grinder - Farallon

Nick Grinder (trombone); Ethan Helm (saxophone); Juanma Trujillo (guitar); Walter Stinson (bass); Matt Honor (drums) 
(Review by Russell)

Nick Grinder grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and began playing professionally whilst still at school. In pursuit of a master's degree the trombonist relocated to New York from where he has released his second album as a leader. The record label's name - Outside in Music - perhaps gives an indication of where Grinder's quintet is coming from/heading to. 

The opening bars of New and Happy definitely has one foot in the Jimmy Giuffre-Paul Desmond school yet, as the music develops, the quintet steps outside, takes a look inside and comes up with its own credible, cohesive sound. Inaction is a commentary on one of America's most pressing issues and the politicians' inadequate response to it. Grinder's composition is a lament for Trayvon Martin. Deciduous spotlights Ethan Helm's agile alto saxophone work in an extended, improvisatory section picked up first by Grinder surrounded by guitarist Juanma Trujillo's haunting, off-shore soundings with bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Matt Honor contributing with the utmost sensitivity throughout.   

The title track - Farallon - references a group of islands several miles out to sea from Grinder's childhood Californian home. Visible, yet tantalisingly out of reach, the Farallon Islands (home to bird colonies and a few biologists) have long held a fascination for the bandleader and the album's sixty two minutes playing time charts a carefree, free-as-a-bird state of mind lovingly crafting nine tracks in total, all written by Grinder except for the closing cut - Monk's Reflections. This Outside In Music release is a fine album offering something new on each hearing, a sure sign that Farallon is up there with the best new albums of 2019. Recommended.                         
Russell
Nick Grinder - Farallon is available from Outside in Music (OIM 1907). 

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