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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.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Denys Baptiste: Now is the Time...Let Freedom Ring. Sage Gateshead October 5.

Denys Baptiste (ten); Nat Facey (alt); Nathaniel Cross (tmb); Mark ? (tpt); Omar Puente (vln); ? (pno); Gary Crosby (bs); Satin Singh (perc.); Roy Jones (dms); Harry Brown (md) + second violin and 2 cellos and the In Groove Voices led by Sharon Durant.
(Review and photo of Denys Baptiste by Lance).
This was a concert of deep social significance - a celebration of Martin Luther King's famous 1963 speech - I have a dream.
Hall One should have been full to the rafters! As it happened the assemblage could have fitted into Hall Two with room to spare. Why this concert should have been ignored by most of the North East Jazz cognoscenti remains a mystery to me. Perhaps if the personnel had been released in advance it may have drawn more punters. Still, I can always tell those who "played the wag" about it and make them green with envy when I describe Facey's alto solos, Puentes' fiddling, Cross on trombone, the percussionists and, of course, Baptiste himself on tenor.
However, this wasn't just a blowing session, although the solos were outstanding. This was a masterful merge of composition and soloists which may ultimately be comparable with the extended works of Ellington, Mingus or Gil Evans. I say "ultimately" as on this, the first performance, there were rough edges which will no doubt be ironed out as the tour progresses. Even so, warts and all, this was a prodigious undertaking. The screen behind the band showed relevant projected images - back of the bus, police brutality, whites only, Ku Klux Klan interspersed with the words of King - a shocking reminder of American society in the 1950's and 60s - a culture that still lingers on. and not just in America. This country isn't any better even today. We maybe don't segregate by signs but I bet there is not one person reading this who doesn't know someone, and I mean a friend or neighbour, who isn't openly racist.
A special mention of the locally based In Groove Voices who, led by Sharon Durant, provided some pivotal moments in the program. My apologies for not catching all the band names - each one deserved to be acknowledged. Perhaps future dates could include an info sheet?
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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