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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Newcastle Community Green Festival Day 2 - June 8.

(Review by Lance).
Yesterday it rained - didn't it rain children? Yup it rained all the time. Today was a different ball game - the sun shone and everyone was happy - at least from the ankles up. Yesterday's deluge, which had brought the whole clambake to an early close, had also left it's mark on the waterlogged grassland.
If you're heading for Glastonbury this was the place to get acclimatised! Those with enough savvy had brought groundsheets and folding chairs. I didn't have that savvy! 
Still the atmosphere was good. Young ladies were going around giving Free Hugs - I took them up and got seconds as well!
The Allendale Brewery's ales had survived the Trans-Pennine journey and I made their trip worthwhile  (hic!)
Our own Ann Alex was "manning" the WEA stall and hinted at a possible Jazz Appreciation course in the offing from these champions of the proletariat. 
Out front the music was rocking and rolling with the Backyard Rhythm Orchestra before Hannabiell and Midnight Blue took us to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe and back (private joke!) In actual fact we left after Hannabiell's set - which was only perfect (when is it ever not?) as by this time, I was almost up to my armpits and I thought that, if I've got to go, drowned in a sea of sludge, then what better way to depart this mortal coil than by listening to Hannabiell? As I submerged into the unknown depths of Leazes Park. I looked up towards St. James Park soccer stadium and thought that, if I die I'll never ever see Newcastle "United" become tenth in the Premier League again! With that thought in mind, I found the strength to escape my confines and, eventually, the comforting surrounds of the nearby Trent House (£2 a pint on Sundays!)
Sounds silly, but I'll be back next year!
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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