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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 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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

CD Review: Roger Beaujolais Italian Trio - Barba Lunga

Roger Beaujolais (vibes); Alessandro Pivi (drums); Giacomo Dominici (acoustic/electric bass).
(Review by Lance.)

One of those fondly remembered bands of yesteryear was the Red Norvo Trio: Norvo (vibes); Tal Farlow (guitar); Charles Mingus (bass). Even without a drummer, they out-swung MJQ by a country freeway.

Step forward 60/70 years and we have the Roger Beaujolais Italian Trio. They're walking the same side of the street as Norvo did but with drums as opposed to guitar and a contemporary approach that loses nothing in the way of swing.

I first heard Beaujolais at The Cluny a good few years back, I think a callow youth called Russell was also there...

I was knocked out then and it's fair to say this CD rubber stamps Roger Beaujolais as, arguably, our foremost jazz vibes man. 

Nine originals by Beaujolais plus takes on Jimi Hendrix's The Wind Cries Mary and Faith, a song by Stan Freeman and Jack Lawrence that has also been recorded by Art Blakey, make for an album that proves that today's musicians can swing as hard as their predecessors without sounding dated. Indeed our man is as rich in tonal timbre as the wine his name is associated with - vin ordinaire ce n'est pas!

His Italian sidekicks - Pivi and Dominici - are equally at home with the idiom making this an album of sheer delight.
Lance.

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