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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Free Concerts!

Yes, that’s the good news, the bad  news is that you've missed them as they took place last week and I should have mentioned them before the event(s) sorry!
I’m referring to The Newcastle University Folk Degree assessed performances that took place at the Sage in Hall 2 last Tuesday to Thursday.  Anyone who didn't enjoy these concerts, could try asking for their money back!
I mention all of this because jazz elements invariably crop up in these concerts.  This year there was a 4 piece band doing Django material.  A young lady, Kari Macleod, sung a stunning version of I am a Weary and a Lonesome Traveller, accompanying herself on a mournful, weary sounding, fiddle, just right for a song sung with great feeling. Chloe Merriott did a step dance, (Appalachian I think), and Seth Tinsley performed a moving Randy Newman song Louisiana 1927, about a flood which was similar to Hurricane Katrina.  Dogan Mehmet, the partner of Eliza Carthy, kicked off the concerts with a themed set of music about a journey on the Orient Express, with lots of danceable eastern rhythms.  Something for everyone.  Next year I'll preview before and review after!
Ann Alex


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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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