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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.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Black Horse, Monkseaton. June 21.

Maureen Hall (vocals), Anon (clarinet & vocals), Don Fairley (trombone), Roy Gibson (piano & keyboars) & George Davidson (drums & vocals) + Teresa Armstrong (vocals) & John Broddle (vocals)
(Review by Russell).
Midsummer. A pint of Caledonian Sunseeker. Rendezvous Jazz played to a full house in Monkseaton. The band started late, bandleader Maureen Hall apologised for the delay - somehow or other Roy Gibson’s keyboards got lost en route. What to do? Make a start, improvise in the best possible fashion. Well, would you believe it? The Black Horse has its own piano. An upright, supposedly out of tune, pushed up against a wall was pressed into action. What a bonus, an acoustic piano rather than an electric piano! Maureen, shouldn't have apologised.
Anon (clarinet & vocals) sang When You’re Smiling and ace trombone man Don Fairley contributed the first of several mellifluous solos. Hall sang, clear as a bell, We Shall Walk Through the Streets of the City. This was C’est Magnifique, so said Anon, so said all. The interval saw a new beer on the bar from the VIP Brewery in Alnwick. A pint of Village something or other was palatable, the name eludes. One of the brewery’s other beers is Village Idiot, perhaps that’s the one for me!
The half time entertainment, as ever, featured songbird Teresa Armstrong and John Broddle. Second set, more of the same - good tunes, played and sung well by Hall, drummer George Davidson and Anon. The latter plays the most fluent clarinet post BG. The latter - Anon (at his request) – can be heard most weeks with the band…oops sorry Anon! Maureen and the boys can be heard every Friday lunchtime, one o’clock sharp (usually!) at the Black Horse, Monkseaton.     
Russell.

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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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