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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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Monday, June 03, 2013

Book Review: Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties by Robert Nippoldt and Hans-Jurgen Schaal

"A feast for the connoisseur, an appetizer for the novice" - so wrote DIE ZETT, Hamburg. This German book also won a European Design Award as The Most Beautiful Book in Germany and deservedly so.
A 144 pages 340 mm x 220 mm hardback, it lives up to the above descriptions and more.The text by Hans-Jurgen Schaal may not offer any startling new insights into New York's jazz scene in the "Roaring Twenties" but he writes attractively with lots of anecdotes that paint pictures of the 24 subjects not just as musicians but as persons - or should I say personalities because they certainly were!
Jelly Roll Morton - "He behaved like a million dollar gangster and scared the hell out of people".
Fats Waller: "Six hamburgers and twelve bottles of beer were what he considered a snack"
Original Dixieland Jazz Band: "They quickly changed the word 'jass' to 'jazz' because smart alecs always scratched the initial J off the record labels."
Coleman Hawkins: "On numerous occasions his style of driving cost him his licence!"
And many others....
But for once, this is a book where the words are almost secondary to the illustrations of  Robert Nippoldt.
Many, if not all of the sketches, originated as photographs of leading figures of the era as well as clubs, a phonograph, a 78rpm record label and a cornet.
A recording session by The Wolverines, the Cotton Club frontage with the gangster style vehicles outside, Chick Webb, Manhattan are just some of the drawings that enhance just about every page.
This is much more than a coffee table tome although no coffee table should be without it. It's a volume to read and reread whilst savouring the Art of Robert Nippoldt.
Oh yes, and if that isn't enough, there's a 20 track CD that comes with it giving audio reference to text and illustration. Some of the tracks are quite obscure and none the worse for that.
Get your order in to Santa Claus at once. On second thoughts don't - Xmas is too long to wait. Get it now!.
Lance.
Jazz. New York in the Roaring Twenties by Robert Nippoldt and Hans-Jurgen Schaal. Published by Taschen.

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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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