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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.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ballads and Blues @ The Jazz Café - April 25.













John Rowland (ten); Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Steve Doyle (dms).
(Review by Lance/ photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
The Jazz Café had an air of vibrancy about it tonight. Seats were at a premium and the noise levels were high. However, an early arrival, meant we had the most comfortable seats in the room and, with the chatterers behind us, were able to wallow in the music.
And it was worth wallowing - particularly with a bottle of Workie Ticket to add to the ambience.
Rowland is from the big-toned school of tenor players - think Ike Quebec, Arnett Cobb or Lockjaw Davis and you've got the picture. Gilligan and Grainger are Jazz Café legends - Grainger had already put in a half shift at Darlo Jazz Festival before turning out tonight - and Steve Doyle is one of the most sympatico drummers around. Throw the four of them into a musical wok and you'll never be hungry again.
The gig was advertised as Ballads and Blues and that's exactly what we got. Don't Get Around Much Any More, Monk's Bright Mississippi, Loverman, Just You, Just Me, Sister Sadie and an evocative rendition of These Foolish Things were but some of the B and Bs.
Regrettably my Saturday night Metro/Bus combination meant missing the later part of the evening's music but what I heard was PDG.
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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