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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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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Northern Monkey Brass Band - The Boiler Shop, Newcastle.

Graham Hardy, Alistair Lord (tpt); David Gray, Mark Ferris (tmb); Jamie Toms (ten); Brendan Murphy (bass drum); Alex Tustin (snare dm); Phil Rosier (tuba).
(Review by Lance)
This was the third of the monthly "Steamers" held in "The Robert Stephenson Boiler Shop" and the first one that I'd attended - or even heard of!
As the venue's name implies, in Victorian times, Robert Stephenson, son of George Stephenson, produced locomotive parts including boilers which led to the family becoming world leaders in the early days of locomotion.
On a sunny day like today, midst the beer, food and other attractions it was hard to imagine its industrial past although, take away the bars, the food stalls and the bric-a-brac, the fading walls and the iron girder beams may well have reminded you.
I digress.
Settled at a table with a pint of Wylam Centenary Ale, a fish finger sandwich - cooked and breadcrumbed before my very eyes - the Stephenson ghosts disappeared to be replaced by the sound of bass and snare drum, a trumpet fanfare and the sound of marching feet.
"Hey Hey we're the Northern Monkey Brass Band..."
It was a grand entrance. they marched and played through the drinkers and diners before forming a circle in front of the stage. Do What you Want to was the tune and they did just that!
On stage they played Horndoggin' - a reference to their name in a previous incarnation. Jamie Toms took the first solo and set the ball rolling for lots more throughout the afternoon.
What a Friend We Have in Jesus began Sally Army Style - albeit with growl trumpet from Graham - before settling into a relaxed New Orleans' Swing.
Hey Jude, Funky Pie and a Melon Felony were other numbers that scored.
Drummers Brendan and dep Alex had a good workout.  Tuba soloed like I would imagine Cat Anderson soloing if he'd played tuba with Ellington and the trombones were superb in solo and duet.
Too soon the set was over - there were many other bands and artists to follow but this would be a hard act...
Best afternoon I've had since last Sunday at the Green Festival! I'll be interested to see the lineup for next month.
Photos.
Lance.
PS: Robert Stephenson may have been, and indeed was, an industrial giant, but the NMBB are giants in their own field! 

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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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