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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 Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Big Band Rehearsal in Hebburn

Even though we're in the 21st century I still gain a degree of satisfaction from hearing of musicians of varying ability and age getting together and making music as much for their own pleasure as for personal gain and acclaim. It was to observe just such a happening taking place in our local church that I made my way down  to St. Oswalds in Hebburn - a mere couple of streets away from where I live.
The Off Key Big Band, under the musical direction of John Fay, were getting to grips with  Cry Me a River as well as a couple of the staple ingredients of the Glenn Miller Cook Book - Little Brown Jug and American Patrol. It is fashionable to decry Miller's music but to the general public Miller is the name the man in the street associates with big band swing, much more so than Goodman, Ellington or Basie and it is those people who will no doubt be their most likely audience.
It's not for me to pass comment - at a rehearsal you don't practice what you can already preach - and I'm sure that, come their concert in the very same church on July 12 (see poster in RH column), the pieces will have been honed to perfection.
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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