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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).

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.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Customs House Big Band - Open Rehearsal New Crown, South Shields. October 1

(Review by Peter Ninnim).
The practice of the CHBB to open their rehearsal to their supporters on the first Tuesday of each month, is a great opportunity for all big band enthusiasts to not only hear the band but also to appreciate the painstaking way in which the Band under the direction of their Conductor Peter Morgan achieve the great results that jazz lovers hear at the band's public performances.
This Tuesday Brenda and I were the only members of the public in evidence and as usual we were made most welcome by everyone. As we had been unable to attend the last two gigs we were pleased to be there.
The evening splits into two parts. The first half allows the band to work on new pieces to the already huge repertoire, and for me this is the most interesting part. The second part is an opportunity to make requests.
The band started with Kurt Weill and Maxine Anderson's September Song. This was very much tweaking the number as it sounded pretty good immediately. This is not the dreary and weary version we are used to hearing performed by dire singers everywhere but a sparkling medium tempo swinger with an arrangement by a band member (sorry did not get the name). After a few discussions about phrasing and tempo throughout, the final version was ready for the next concert!
The band then moved on to a piece with which I was not familiar; Carmelo's by the Freeway by Bob Florence. This was at an earlier stage of development and it was fascinating to see the steady build up of the tempo and the line by line examination of the harmonies and phrasing and ensuring everyone in the band was on the same page. This is a huge piece and by the time 30 minutes had passed it was transformed; almost there! Of course in my opinion the arrival of Barry Black (drums) in the hot seat at the back has strengthened the whole band, not that there is any weakness that I can hear.
After the interval requests. My other half asked for Sweet Georgia Brown and as a result we got two versions, both great. At the end there was some discussion about the preferred version; Nestico lost! Peter Morgan selected Body and Soul (excellent) and then an up tempo version of I've Got Rhythm. We requested Kid from Red Bank which was taken at a cracking tempo and with knockout piano solo by Bill Britain. This was followed by Lil' Darlin’, a tune by Neil Hefti that I always thought was over rated and it seemed to me to drag a bit.
The last number was Benny Golson's Killer Joe which reminded me to re-visit my Art Blakey albums to see if I have it somewhere.
What a great evening!
Peter Ninnim
PS Went to Da Vinci's on Ocean Road earlier and it was first class. 

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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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