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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ray Stubbs All-Stars @ The Schooner, Gateshead March 22.

Ray Stubbs (vcl/harp); John Hedley (gtr); Brian Ferry (gtr); Max Whitehouse (dms); Martin Walker (?) (keys).
(Review by JC)
I've been wanting to hear Ray Stubbs and his band for a long time but somehow whenever I heard of a gig in the area it was either too late or I couldn't go. So seeing on Friday on the BSH listings that they were appearing in a pub in Gateshead the next day, I resolved to make it this time.  I thought I had been in the Schooner once before many years ago so had a rough idea where it was and crossing the Tyne Bridge I turned left along the river bank and wandered through a post-industrial landscape of warehouses, office buildings and derelict sites. Fortunately there was clear sign indicating the pub and the sound of the All-Stars blasting out of the bar room was also a clue. The Schooner is in a great location, all on its own right on the riverbank, which is probably just as well on music nights.
Judging by the clothes and hairstyles, it seemed that this was a serious Blues audience (but very pleasant) and Ray and the band were in full swing. Ray's announcements were sporadic and of varying audibility but there were great versions of Muddy Waters I Want to be Loved followed by Sleepy John Estes You Don't Love me (not sure if the second song was a response to the first or not). The songs kept rolling out - some I recognised, Messing with the Kid, Hoochie Coochie Man, all with terrific singing and harp playing from Ray Stubbs and razor sharp guitar solos. A nice change of tone was a zydeco-influenced song with the keyboard player on accordion.
Towards the end of the session, Ray said he thought it was time for 'the cousin' to step up and sing and it was a nice surprise to see Mo Scott join the band. As fitted the occasion, Mo started at full throttle and carried on from there. Just one song but it was a blast. Great band, great pub and great night out.
JC
(ps - sorry if I haven't got all the band members names correct. I was copying them down from a poster in semi-darkness on the back of an Asda receipt).

1 comment :

  1. Nice review JC. However, suggest for future reviews, you either go to Tesco or buy more at Asda. Incidentally, Mo is on at Jazz Café on Friday. To do her justice perhaps a visit to Marksy should be a prerequisite? Personally. I use 6 for a pound notepads from one of the 'Poundies'.

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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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