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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).

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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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Monday, June 10, 2013

Sue Ferris and Paul Edis Trio @ The Cherry Tree, Jesmond.

Sue Ferris (ten/fl); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance)
A day at the office type gig and none the worse for that. All four musicians were relaxed and worked their way through a tried and tested selection of standards with a couple of jazz classics (Doxy, Blue Bossa) thrown in for good measure.
A nice swingy My Romance set the right groove followed by Taking a Chance on Love. Sue went into orbit on this one with a cracking solo. Just Squeeze Me, Doxy, Alice in Wonderland (on flute) and All the Things You Are to round off the first set.
Sue has a flowing lyricism to her solos. If she'd been born in an earlier age in America she'd have been one of the Four Brothers except it would have had to be the Three Brothers and their Sister which doesn't roll off the tongue quite so well.
Yes the girl did good - who wouldn't do good with the chords Dr. Edis was prescribing? They were heap good medicine and surely an inspiration to anyone who wails in them.
Paul Susans and Rob Walker did the business making this a very tight quartet.
Second set included, On the Sunny Side of the Street, This Can't Be Love, Beautiful Love (flute) and Blue Bossa.
Apart from the music there was, as ever, the food.
Black Pudding, Asparagus Puree, Pea Shoots, Crispy Quail Egg for starters.
Rump Steak - Frites, Garden Salad, Mustard and Winemaker's Butter - my main course
Strawberry Parfait with Shortbread Crumb and Mint Jelly for dessert.
Washed down with a bottle of Black Sheep.
Lance.
PS: Plus good jazz chat with occasional blog contributor Ron Ainsborough and his good lady.
To round off a perfect evening I caught the 33a which linked up with the 27 so it was near enough a door to door trip for me!

2 comments :

  1. Alice in wonderland was one of the numbers played by the jazz combo on the cruise, I just loved it as I hadn't heard it in ages...I meant to look it up for the composer etc, so will do it now!

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  2. Bob Hilliard and Sammy Fain wrote a whole lot of numbers both with and without each other.
    Hilliard hits included In The Wee Small Hours, Our Day Will Come and the immortal Seven Little girls Sitting in the Back seat!
    Fain had on his CV That Old Feeling, Secret Love and Love is a Many Splendored Thing.
    I think, for both of them Alice in Wonderland was the musical pinnacle.

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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.)
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