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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 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.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October in the Rain - 2014 GIJF Launch

It was raining as David Gray (trombone), Ian Simpson (guitar) and James Robson (bass) launched GIJF 2014. With the towering figure of Earl Grey looking down from atop his monument in Newcastle city centre the trio played beneath umbrellas until the rain stopped, albeit briefly. When the rain started up again they soldiered on sans brollies. Whatever happens at the actual festival in April will be nothing compared to the tenacity of this trio! Imagine playing technically demanding pieces such as Monk's Well You Needn't on trombone in the rain and you've got the picture. 
Unfortunately I haven't (got the picture)! Not being accustomed to 10:30am gigs I came out without my camera and, in the inclement conditions, my camera phone proved hopelessly inadequate so, unless one of those lovely Sage ladies can come up with a photo we'll have to wait for the Evening Chronicle to provide the graphic images.. 
As for the actual artists appearing in April you can get a preview of some of the main performers on Sage Gateshead's website 
The official Press Release will be posted on Bebop Spoken Here 'Round Midnight.
Lance.
One of the lovely ladies did indeed come through with a pic - thank you Jackie/
In the forefront of the photo is Sage Supremo Ros Rigby holding the 10th anniversary cake celebrating 10 years of GIJFs.

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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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