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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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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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Friday, April 18, 2014

CD Review: Yolanda Duke - Te Llevo Bajo La Piel

Yolanda Duke (vocal); Arturo Sandoval (piano & trumpet); Champian Fulton, Ricky Gonzalez, Sonny Bravo (piano); Ruben Rodriguez, Gerry Madera (bass); Willie-Cuch Be Wictha-Martinez (drums); Jose Madera (timbales); John Rodriguez (bongo, bell, guiro); Luis Quintero (conga, bongo, guiro, bell, timbales); George Delgado (conga); Bobby Portcelli (alto sax, flute); Pete Miranda (baritone sax); Mitch Fruhman, Pete Brainin, Todd Brashore (tenor sax, flute); John Walsh, Kevin Bryan, Pete Nater,Richard Viruet (trumpet); Lewis Kahn, Noah Bless, Reynaldo Jorge, Sam Burtis (Trombone)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Yolanda Duke grew up in New York City and she has performed in venues around the world with the Tito Puente Latin Jazz Orchestra.  She is experienced in singing Latin jazz, merengue, ballads, bossa nova, salsa and bolero, and this is her latest CD.  I’m no expert in those different styles but I know a good CD when I hear it, and this is certainly tops. 
The singing is lively and exuberant and the band is superb.  And that’s saying something as all the tracks are in Spanish, with maybe some Portuguese, and 1 track in Italian, and I don’t speak those languages, yet I still thoroughly enjoyed it all. Sub-titled The Great American Songbook Goes Latino, it helped that there were 6 standards, with the Spanish titles sounding so romantic, for example, Te Llevo Bajo La Piel (I’ve Got You Under My Skin). The other standards are  Misty, What Is This Thing Called Love, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Blue Moon, and Neil Sedaka’s The Hungry Years.  The remaining 5 tracks were songs by Spanish composers. I almost wanted to go back to school to learn the language.  
The band shows split second timing with short musical comments to match the voice, and the solos, on trumpet (a rare appearance by the legendary Sandoval), piano, sax, flute and bursts of percussion, are well executed.  Ms Duke’s voice is wistful and saucy by turns, with cheeky short comments in English at the end of some songs. For instance, I’ve Got You Under My Skin has the bass trotting along with the band, lots of percussion and our singer comments at the end ‘I got you babe.’ The Spanish tune Contigo En La Distancia is slower and quieter with the piano leading.  What Is This Thing Called Love ends with our singer giving a kiss towards the microphone!  And throughout the whole disc the irresistible Latin beat goes on.  Buy this disc for your next party.
The CD was released on April 15 on the Amigos Music Co. Label.  Listen to the lady herself on her website www.yolandaduke.com 
Ann Alex.

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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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