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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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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Ola Onabulé @ Hoochie Coochie


(Review by Lance)
I didn't know much about Onabulé except that the London based Nigerian had sung solo at the wedding of Posh and Becks. Deciding that those iconic figures wouldn't hire crap I decided to check him out.
I'm glad I did - it was a cracking night well appreciated by a slightly older than the normal Hoochie crowd.
Fronting a six piece band (trumpet, tenor, keys, guitar, bass-guitar and drums) he delivered a soul packed performance.
Blessed with an incredible range, Onabulé swoops from basso profundo to falsetto soprano with apparent ease. At times the affable African sounded like Bobby McFerrin, this was a virtuoso vocal performance.
Apart from Chris Nicholls on drums, I didn't catch the names of the rest of the band although the faces looked familiar. All were ace soloists with the trumpet player quite amazing, likewise the tenorman. They didn't have enough solo space but made good use of it when they did. Guitar and keyboard had the lion's share and they also impressed. Nicholls on drums pounded things along being given a lengthy solo mid set. Bass guitarist looks like Boycie from Only Fools and Horses but he's no fool and is a good workhouse laying it down without let up.
A great night. 
Another coup for Warren this coming Friday (Oct. 18) when he brings legendary trombonist Fred Wesley to the Pilgrim St. venue.
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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