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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.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Jazz Café Jam Session April 1.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Stuart Finden (ten); Fiona Finden (ten/vcl); Ian Forbes (dms); Ray Truscott (bs gtr).
(Review by Lance/Photos by Mike Tilley).
The ever enterprising Peter Gilligan, after removing the front of the piano and, in the process, taking the music stand with it, attached the lead sheet of In Walked Bud to the lid of the upright with a strip of  Gaffa tape. Problem solved!
In Walked Bud was the opener which set the scene for a lively evening's jamming. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Horace Silver's Lonely Woman, an original by Gilligan in 3/4 time - Mr. 88's creative abilities aren't restricted to improvising music stands - nor indeed are those of the two Pauls with drummer Paul putting the boot in and bassist Paul the soft shoe!
Enter les deux Findens.
All the Things You Are, Sugar, a Hank Mobley tune I recognised but couldn't put a name to (was it Dig This? - No, This I Dig of You) and In a Sentimental Mood with a vocal by Fiona.
The arrival of Ian Forbes gave Wight a break and, after re-arranging the kit, it was Jim Hall's Waltz New. No More Blues and Silver's St. Vitus Dance (I think) followed.
"Forbesy" was in fine form his playing never without a sense of humour!
Ray Truscott added his six string bass guitar to the mix giving respite to the recently released from hospital Grainger. I'll Remember April - not difficult seeing as how the month had just begun! Stu returned for St. Thomas and 'Round Midnight. Paul Wight was back at the kit selecting a suitable pair of sticks/brushes for the latter opus. I swear a drumming centipede would have less sticks in his bag than Wight. Nevertheless, Paul used the chosen pair effectively.
Have You Met Miss Jones and Pent Up House rounded off the evening for me and it had been worth the trip through mist and fog.
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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