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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 07, 2013

Toyshop @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.. June 2, 2013

Tom Dennis (trumpet), Michael Underwood (tenor saxophone), Sam James (keyboards), Conor Chaplin (double bass) & Corrie Dick (drums)
(Review by Russell).
A toyshop, a youngster’s dream. I'll have two sets of, let me see…hard bop, please. Toyshop, a quintet, got together at Trinity London, each member having fingers in numerous jazz jam jars and of late have acquired a taste for the music of the late, great, hard bop trumpeter Clifford Brown.
It was t-shirts and jeans on the stand but the music was that of the sharp-suited American heroes of the era; Brown, Roach, Blakey, Rollins and co.. Toyshop, unassuming, polite and so, so good. Cool, committed to the music, the frontline horns played unamplified and piano, bass and drums had their volume levels spot-on right from the start.
The music? Classic Clifford with one or two tremendous original compositions for good measure. The bass and drums pairing of Conor Chaplin and Corrie Dick (no strangers to Tyneside) were beyond good, swinging it as it should be swung. Pianist Sam James is one to watch - and hear - in future. An assured, listening player (a minor irritation in the context of this gig was the Fender Rhodes-like sound), James will surely become an established name on the scene.
Tenor saxophonist Michael Underwood - and MC on the night - blew the coolest of cool complementing trumpeter Tom Brownie Dennis’ superbly crafted solos. The name Dennis invites comparison with the north east’s top trumpet player Noel Dennis (currently exiled north of the border). The Dennis trumpeters share at least one musical trait - the perfectly conceived and executed extended solo. Tom Dennis is destined for the premier league of British trumpet players.
The tunes - including the historic gems Jacqui, Parisian Thoroughfare and Daahoud interspersed with Corrie Dick compositions Mo Dhachaidh and Wee Red Car - were a delight from start to finish. The audience loved it. Dennis said of the Splinter night at the Bridge: Lovely room. He went on to say it was the band’s most enjoyable night of their tour. Any jazz club promoter anywhere couldn't go wrong with Toyshop. A delight.
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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