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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.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Keith Nichols and the Swing City Trio @ Trinity Centre, Gosforth June 15.

Keith Nichols (pno/vcl); Steve Andrews (ten/sop/clt/vcl); Roly Veitch (gtr/vcl); Roy Cansdale (bs).
(Review by Lance. - photo on left supplied by Roly Veitch.)
The Swing City Trio went into a rhapsodic version of Darn That Dream with Andrews giving an unbroken rendition á la Coleman no, not Ornette, but the high and mighty Hawk filling the crowded room with his big sound.
The special guest of the evening took his place at the upright and immediately took his sugar to tea. When I Take my Sugar to Tea had the pianist singing and playing in a delightful 20's/30's style that told us we were in for a good evening of classic American song. Andrews appeared to be having problems with his soprano switching to clarinet mid way. Turns out one of the mother of pearl discs that connect finger to key had come adrift.
She's Funny That Way had a rare vocal by Andrews as well as some impressive clarinet.
And so the evening progressed. Some of These Days and Mississippi Mud saw the vocal chores back with Nichols. The trio left the stage and the piano man treated us to some ragtime (Heliotrope Rag) and stride (Numb Fumblin') plus some Italian nonsense about a Hoochie Coochie dancer in Coney Island!
The trio returned and Veitch had the vocal spotlight on Back in Your Own Backyard. The set finished with Hoagy's Jubilee (sounds like a real ale!).
It was good to see such an excellent turnout for what was the final concert arranged by the late Mike Durham.
Back to the music. Veitch sang What a Little Moonlight Can Do and Andrews hit pay dirt on clarinet with Moonlight in Vermont rightly pointing out that Moonlight in Egremont didn't have quite the same ring to it.
I've Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, I Wish I were Twins and a luscious version of Sophisticated Lady led to Nichols' second solo spot this time playing Nice Work if You Can Get it, Rosalie, It's Gonna Be You and Stardust.
We were in the home straight now with Nichols and Andrews duetting (piano and clarinet) on a section of Duke's Creole Rhapsody. Truckin', another vocal by Veitch (Stars Fell on Alabama) and finally It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing.
Using the latter title as a guideline then tonight's concert meant a lot!
How could it not with a master of classic piano, a superb multi instrumentalist, a fine guitarist and singer and a rock solid bassman?
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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