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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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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. June 19, 2013

Dave Weisser (trumpet, flugelhorn & vocals), Peter Hepplewhite (clarinet), Jack Courtney (trumpet), Barrie Ascroft (keyboards), James Creswick (electric bass) & Norman Redhead (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Clarinetist Peter Hepplewhite called the first number, a stately take on Misty featuring a round of solos and a vocal from bandleader Dave Weisser. Autumn Leaves introduced a new voice, that of trumpeter Jack Courtney. Of the new generation, the trumpeter took a muted solo with no little confidence and it was down to Weisser to pluck the lyrics from his memory bank of tunes.
On Green Dolphin Street proved to be unfamiliar territory for some but Weisser’s workshop set-up ensured all came out the other end unscathed; Hepplewhite stepped up, Weisser switched to flugel and Courtney hit the mark. Easy Living held no fears with all keen to grab a piece of the action - clarinet, trumpet, keyboards (mainstay Barrie Ascroft), flugel and vocals from DW, five string bassist James Creswick  and the man at the back - drummer Norman Redhead - kept them in order.
A first pint (Firebrick from Blaydon) hadn’t travelled well, so an interval refill called for a reliable brew - none better than Jarrow’s Rivet Catcher. Dave Weisser told tales - with photographic proof - of great days on the cruise ships, raffle tickets were snapped up and in no time we were treated to more Nostalgia (the tune that is) with Weisser’s flugel leading off, Courtney (mute left on the floor), Hepplewhite (clarinet), Ascroft’s crafted contribution and Creswick’s nimble fretwork. Falling in Love with Love did the rounds - more impressive work from Courtney and no surprise that Dave Weisser knew the lyrics, just like that. A relaxing session on a warm night at the Chilli. Oh, your reviewer won the raffle - two volumes of Duke Pearson. Oh, yes! 
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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