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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Very Sad News - Ron Pollard.


Just heard from Roly Veitch that Ron Pollard, organiser of the Gateshead Fell at the Legion Jazz Club died yesterday morning (May 10).
Such a shock - Ron and his wife Joyce have been strong supporters of jazz in the area for many many years and their often uphill struggle to keep The Fell Jazz Club afloat won them much admiration from fans and musicians of the traditional and mainstream persuasion.
Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Joyce.
In the photo (taken by Eddie Carson) the couple are seen celebrating their Golden Wedding at the club in 2011. As well as jazz Ron and Joyce loved dancing and were fortunate in being able to combine those two passions.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

7 comments :

  1. So sorry to hear about Ron, I only met him a few times, when I was drumming for the Maine street band, but he came across as a very nice guy, with a real love of jazz.
    please convey my condolences to his wife for me.
    Mike Green.

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  2. May I add my condolences to Joyce and her many friends at Jazz at the Fell. A terrible shock to all who knew him.
    George Watt

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  3. Very sad news Lance. My heartfelt condolences go out to Joyce x

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  4. Very sad to hear this, just saw Ron & Joyce last year and had a little chat about Dad the jazz scene in the north etc, even went over to Gateshead to his Jazz night had a blow with the Mainstreet Jazzmen.
    You could never miss him sitting anywhere with his Beatle style haircut, great supporter of local jazz, and a lovely couple.
    Will be missed
    RIP
    Colin Aitchison

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  5. John Wilkie and MarjorieMonday, May 12, 2014 12:41:00 pm

    So very sad. We treasure the hundreds of happy memories Ron and Joyce achieved at the Fell.A great loss to local jazz.
    John Wilkie and Marjorie.

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  6. Condolences to Joyce from all at Ashington Jazz Club. Ron had lots of friends in jazz and will be sadley missed. He was also responsible for putting together and starting Keith Stephens trio with Caroline. Ron and Joyce came to the Elephant many times to dance to the band
    John T

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  7. We were very sad to learn of Ron Pollard's demise. Joyce must be in pieces-- they were so devoted.
    Ron ALWAYS supported Jazz in the North East and rarely missed our gigs. he was such a well known character and will be greatly missed by all.
    Please give our condolences to Joyce--we remember him fondly.
    love Annexx

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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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