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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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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Trio Riot @ Schmazz at the Jazz Café. March 25

Sam Andreae (tenor saxophone), Mette Rasmussen (alto saxophone) & David Meier (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo by Ken Drew)
Trio Riot made a return visit to Tyneside to play a Schmazz date at the Jazz Café. The increase in audience numbers – up on the band’s Newcastle debut at the Bridge Hotel – suggests word had got around that this was a trio worth hearing. The ‘punk jazz’ label seems to have stuck and it does, to a degree, give an indication of what the listener could/should expect to hear.
Loud, intense, incessant riffs with a disarming element up their collective sleeve…humour. Sharp blasts from the horn players – Sam Andreae (tenor), Mette Rasmussen (alto) – followed by a destablising silence broken by one or other, perhaps drummer David Meier (perhaps by the member of the trio most adept at counting the time in their head!), punctuated the performance.
Touring the CD Trio Riot (a simple enough title, it does what it says on the tin), the trio travel light – tenor horn and alto, Meier using a house kit along the way – yet punch above their weight on stage. Upper register work by Andreae or Rasmussen ratcheted the tension, released by cascading notes tumbling to the floor, Meier ducking out of the way, forging a change in direction. New compositions were heard, the band reading their parts, the tunes yet to be committed to memory. Trio Riot has created a readily identifiable sound – commanding, engaging, uncompromising.                
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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