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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. New residency 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.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Gabriele Mit Zwei + Jam Session @ The Star Inn June 26

Gabriele Heller (vcl); Dave Parker (bs); Steve Glendinning (gtr) + Paul Grainger (bs) and several.others.
(Review by Lance)
Tonight, down in Soho, Sarah Ellen Hughes gave a farewell performance at The Spice of Life prior to returning to primary school teaching - from one jungle to another! We wish her well and have fond memories of her north east appearances at the Cherry Tree, Customs House and Sage Gateshead (with Sector 7).
So what has this to do with the Star Inn on Westgate Rd.I hear you ask?
Tonight was very much like the Wednesday nights at "The Spice" that I so much enjoy when I'm "in town" rather than "toon".
Gabby strutted her stuff brilliantly. After a hesitant Lullaby of Birdland the lady got into her stride with Come-On-My-House; Sister (great number with a familiar chord pattern); a self penned waltz (music by Steve Glendinning)), Broken Silence; Don't Mess Around With Me; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; Speak Low; Come Into my Kitchen and All or Nothing at All.
Steve Glendinning played tastefully and sympathetically with outstanding solos. Dave Parker was rock solid with the occasional arco passage and the absence of  the piano wasn't enough to lessen the performance.
Gabby later compéred the jam session and Paul Grainger took over on bass as the wannabes had their moment in the spotlight.
Jen Errington had the difficult task of following Gabby, nevertheless, she did good, her Ipanema  showed that she is another emerging talent from the Sage  Jazz Vocal Class. Li-Dan gave us Cry me a River. The diminutive young Asian student had a surprisingly mature voice and drew lots of whoops and hollers. Mel Slattery took the place by storm with My Funny Valentine - not my favourite song although maybe it is now!
Our own Ann Alex announced that she'd moved house and now lived  On Green Dolphin Street. Well done Ann.
Next up we had some blues guitar from Jack Cummings who backed a young guy named Michael. Michael sang some down home earthy blues. Man this was like the Jazz Café all over again! The evening ended with Sue Straker saying It's Alright With Me
It was alright with me too!
Not sure at present who's on next week.
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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