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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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Monday, October 21, 2013

Lindsay Hannon Plus - Live @ The Bridge Hotel. October 20

Liindsay Hannon (vcl); James Harrison (pno); John Pope (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Photo by Ken Drew)
A live recording session at the Bridge by Lindsay Hannon Plus was something not to be missed. Having heard Lindsay earlier at Hoochie I knew the girl was in good voice and well worth dragging my tired body the short distance to The Bridge Hotel.
By the time I arrived there was already a goodly throng awaiting with bated breath for the recording to begin.
Joni Mitchell's The Hissing of the Summer Lawns, The Doors' The Spy, Joni's An Old Fashioned Hat, The End of a Love Affair, Why Try to Change me Now? and So Long Big Time were just some of the tracks laid down by these four superb musicians - yes drummers and singers are musicians too.
This is a well coordinated band led by a top singer. Lindsay doesn't play safe but takes chances that always seem to come off. Likewise Harrison, Pope and Chapman - a rhythm section to die for.
After the recording session a jam session was afoot but by this time I was flagging so I reluctantly left to be delivered home intact by the number 27.
Truly a velvet 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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