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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bill Harper Trio w. Anne DeVere @ The Cherry Tree.

Bill Harper (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms); Anne DeVere (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
I would guess that everything Russell wrote about last night's gig at Blaydon applied to tonight's outing at the Cherry Tree. However, tonight wasn't just about reviewing a gig, it was meeting up with a couple of old acquaintances and being pleased to note that they had retained their old magic.
Bill Harper is still the master craftsman that he was when backing all those visiting Americans at the Corner House 25/30 years ago. As site regulars will know, Bill's committed his memories to these pages and he tells me there are more instalments to come. Anne, despite not being in the best of health, retains the magnetism that she once wove at the Mayfair and La Dolcé Vita.
I'm not going to list all the tunes - just some.
Bill played lovely versions of Stairway to the Stars, Makin' Whoopee and my favourite, How'd Ya Like to Love me? to mention but three.
Anne chipped in with James Taylor's Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight, her own No Money No Love and Gravy Waltz. As Ron Ainsborough pointed out after the latter song, Anne was singing "Pretty Mama's in the kitchen" to the accompaniment of clattering plates in the restaurant kitchen - perfectly choreographed albeit not intentionally!
Talking kitchen, for starters, the Grilled red mullet, fregola and mint and red pepper coulis coincided with Bill's starter of Sometimes I'm Happy. My main course of Bistro rump, Café de Paris butter, onion rings, fries and garden salad was just right for Autumn Leaves whilst my dessert of  Glazed lemon tart and raspberry sorbet was as smooth as the Satin Doll that Anne closed the set with.
Praise was rightly paid to Neil and Adam who contributed unobtrusively but yet effectively to the gentle swing perpetuated throughout the evening
Lance.

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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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