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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. 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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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

New Book on Saxophone Harmonics

Pepe Greenaway, who recently returned to the north east, is in the process of publishing a book on saxophone harmonics. Here is an introduction to the book as well as a YouTube snippet
Q. How have you got to this stage of playing.
A. Well, I love Coltrane, mean really love him like a father, and Eric Dolphy, Elvin Jones, anybody who's had anything to do with jazz machine. Alice, Ravi, Darren. People who speak this language I take as part of my extended family, that way you understand them.
Q. Can you tell us about B5, B6, B9, B10 harmonics?
A. Well, I started playing at 18. and was introduced to Nigel Carter, lead trumpet with the BBC radio orchestra, and always wanted to play trumpet. The last conversation I had with Nigel was, "But the 10th interval is sharp 11th, his answer was, " It could be ". So I've been playing trumpet. for the last 5 years, and it's a Lydian dominant series, look up George Russell, there's a whole book on it.
Nigel gave me a copy of Sigurd M. Rascher's Top-Tones for Saxophones, so when I got to CAT (College of Arts and Technology) in Newcastle I was practising this and other tutors for 2 years under Brian Whittle.
I keep the 1st 4 pedal notes  Bb, B, C, Db, to Lydian dominant, but build harmonics after that on an altered series.
Q. So do you think everyone will play harmonics like this in the future?
A, Yes. You could say it's a pity I'm not a time traveller, cause I could give Eric Dolphy a copy, you know he had all those problems with harmonics on alto and tuning his horn, all his complex harmony would have suddenly become clear, as it was he practically ruined every album he was on, apart from anything he did on bass clarinet. He was the best bass clarinettist. In fact that's the clearest proof, he applied his harmony as he would to bass clarinet and it didn't work on alto.
Lance.
PS: Hear Pepe and Jazz Machine at Victoria Hotel, Whitley Bay  (3rd and 4th Tuesdays each month).

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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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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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