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Bebop Spoken There

Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Alan Glen Trio @ The Chilli

Alan Glen (pno), John Pope (bs), Mike Humble (dms).
Dave Weisser (tpt/flug/vcl), Barrie Ascroft (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Rob Bates (dms).
Another splendid set from the trio. David Carnegie was unable to make the gig so tonight we had Mike Humble on drums and he did the business but good.
As ever, Alan played a choice selection of standards and an original - She Walks Into Mine - a lovely ballad with an identity of its own.
I Hear a Rhapsody, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, Like Someone in Love, Falling in Love With Love, What is This Thing Called Love, When I Fall in Love and Too Close For Comfort.
Piano playing at its best, first class bass playing and sympathetic drumming.
Mike and Alan, in fact, had worked together many times over the years so it wasn't long before they settled into each other's groove.
John Pope continues to grow in stature as a bassist and tonight he was quite amazing.
Classy vocalist Brenda Sokell was in the audience but, despite the lack of sitters in, didn't get a chance to sing.
Hopefully some other spring.
Earlier, the Take It to The Bridge Workshop put Airegin, The Chant, Au Privave and a few more under the musical microscope.
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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