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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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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

North East Jazz Celebration Part 3: Zoe Gilby Quartet - June 25

Zoe Gilby (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (bass); Richard Brown (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex - photo by Jerry Edis.)
This part of the gig impressed mightily from the start.  Love For Sale intoned Zoe, with feeling, bringing out the whole meaning, about a woman with a ruined life, not an easy song to put across.  And Zoe looked stunning in a short blue dress patterned with red roses and white colours (bought in China, many a woman in the audience must have wondered?)  
The musicians were right ‘on the money’, as my bebop colleagues say, but we expect no less from these three. The band’s next album is out soon, but tonight we were to hear mainly songs from the 2 previous CD’s, such as Song For You, a love song without the drums, a band not afraid to take a risk.  Then came a delightful version of Nice Work If You Can Get It, with just voice and bass, lots of tricky verbalising and scat and a long coda of repeated ‘how do you do it’.
Next came an original, showing that Zoe and Andy are no mean songwriters. On The Edge, about a woman stalker, with Richard providing an ominous steady drumbeat; and Monk’s Straight No Chaser, from the singing of Carmen Mcrae, Zoe’s favourite singer, with a scat chorus where our singer just about turns herself into a saxophone.  There followed two more original songs, a song of lost love Your Words (quote ‘why does this fire feel so cold’) and a delightful jazz waltz Eleanor, a love song for Andy’s young daughter.  And to close the concert romantically, a track from the new album(Twelve Stories), a song called Marrakesh, ‘the red city’ where Andy and Zoe spent their honeymoon, wandering the chaotic streets and markets, so the song gives a graphic list of the sights and sounds and even the food.  The band was superb for this number, with Andy opening with an Arabic-type tune, and then the whole band going eastern, and yet a quiet fading-out ending.  All held together with friendly chat from Zoe, a fitting finale to an excellent evening.    
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.
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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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