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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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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ray Stubbs R & B All-stars @ Central Bar. October 27

Ray Stubbs (harmonica, guitar & vocals), John Hedley (guitar), Mike Waller (keyboards), Max Whitehouse (bass & vocals) & Brian Ferry (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The Central Bar, Gateshead, 1:30 pm. Sunderland versus Newcastle United on satellite television. A rare sighting of cask Double Maxim on the bar, pint ordered, keenly aware of the delicious irony of a Wearside beer being available on Tyneside on this of all days. Howay the Lads! Toon! Toon!
Approaching 3:30 pm the optimistic mood had changed to one of despair, recrimination, sack whoever came to mind. The Mackems had taken the honours, bragging rights secured until the next time. One or two more pints and the pain lessened.
Upstairs, Gateshead’s Godfather of the Blues, Ray Stubbs, had rounded up his All-stars ready to play some blues. Fans were thin on the ground as the band rattled through a classic set - Howlin’ Wolf (lots of the Wolf), Junior Wells, Sleepy John Estes, Albert King, Muddy Waters. Stubbs led from the front, in cracking form - harp and vocals (second set some National Steel work alongside kingpin John Hedley). Bassist Max Whitehouse cruised, Brian Ferry thundered out of the traps and Mike Waller knocked out consistently bluesy solos. Hoochie Coochie Man, Born Under a Bad Sign, Jesus Left Chicago, all with Stubbs’ characteristic raw vocal delivery and killer South Side harp. Football forgotten (almost), this was just what the blues doctor ordered. I’ll have another pint of Double Maxim, please.        
Russell     

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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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