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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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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Newcastle Big Band Fans Tune in Tomorrow to Radio 4 - "PM" Programme

An opportunity has come about to talk about John Pearce, my first husband and father of Anna and James, on Radio 4's 'pm' programme. (By Angi) 
This is possible because of a record that was made of the Newcastle Big Band shortly before John died in April 1974.  There were 2000 copies made and sold.  Andy Hudson, who was the brilliant originator and leader of the band, tells me that they are now collector's items - not because of John but because of the bass guitar, Gordon Sumner aka Sting of The Police!
I am excited (think that's the word - nervous certainly applies) to be being interviewed by Eddie Mair on a nostalgia slot on Radio 4's PM programme tomorrow  but the thought of John's trumpet playing being heard over the airwaves is wonderful and would thrill him to bits! 
John spent literally hours writing individual parts for all the members of the Big Band, for every tune they played, as well as rehearsing the almost impossibly high trumpet notes (top D) as heard on the recording of 'MacArthur Park'.
Perhaps those people who crowded into the University Theatre bar in Newcastle to listen to the Big Band every Sunday in the 70s may be listening and can enjoy the memories, too.
Angi.
         PS: Program goes on air at 5pm -(Angi's on at 5:50pm.)  Link

2 comments :

  1. Angi, those were beautiful words - I was almost in tears myself. Very emotive and a poignant memory of those bygone days and worth waiting for the 50 minutes of the hourlong program it took to get there.

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  2. Having heard the programme I think its time to play my copy of the LP again.

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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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